Thursday, 4 August 2011

17th May: Tate Trip 1

Our first trip to Tate Modern with the Lunch Club members was back in May. Michele Fuirer led the discussion around some artworks we’d chosen as being relevant to the group: Mitch Epstein’s photographs, Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky’s  Incidents video, and Do Ho Suh’s Staircase-III, an installation in the ceiling of one of the rooms in the Tate. The Epstein photographs probably provoked the most discussion, around power and disempowerment, balance and tension, squatting and temporary prefabs. We also talked about the contrasts in their local area- Burgess Park and the Shard, the different styles and traditions in the architecture of Walworth. Watching the dancing carrier bags in the Kopystiansky piece, I was reminded of East Street market after closing time. Afterwards we had a visit to Tate's Community Garden, which is maintained by local residents.

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