In April 2016 the ‘Unstable Monuments’ exhibition brought together 14 artists from London, Germany, Denmark and Cornwall.
within a disused former industrial bakery. By curating and managing our own projects, sourcing spaces and providing artists with residency time ‘Unstable Monuments’ is able to showcase art in a new way that incorporates a cross continent perspective and a total disregard for art as a commodity. Instead we go straight to the pulse of contemporary art that is being made right now, crawl into the spaces left by neglected industries and there thread together a discordant poem of the insistent present”.
This first show, funded by the Arts Council, England set the precedent for similar immersive, transformative artist-led ‘Unstable Monuments’ events which will travel across Europe including additional artists from each host city. ‘Unstable Monuments’ explores dissolution and change within society’s structures and touchstones with reference to issues of faith, gender, photography, architecture, migration, anthropology, family, dance and ritual.
A thousand people came to see the 2-day exhibition in Truro. Here are a few comments:
“Unstable Monuments: illusive, disruptive, twisting, jarring, seducing - just as a show should be”.
“That was worth waiting for! Seriously good”.
“Powerful work at Unstable Monuments”.
“I walked into the show in Cornwall and felt like I walked out in Berlin”.
‘Unstable Monuments’ was curated by Matthew Benington and produced by Jesse Leroy Smith and Sam Bassett.
The film of the show was made by Roger Thorp.
The artists exhibiting were Dick Jewell, Kathryn Ferguson, Bernhard Holaschke, Sam Bassett, Leon Matis Robin Monies, Andreas Gloel, Stephen Smith, Matthew Benington, Marianne Keating, Adam Hogarth, Jesse Leroy Smith, Jack Davis, Roger Thorp and Joe Drakeford.
For further information contact Lucy Thorp, 07899 925816
For images see:
Unstable Monuments website: https://juggernautarts.wordpress.com