By chance, I visited London while there were ceremonies, processions and queues (THE QUEUE) going on in the center of the city. Very interesting, especially that long line of people (also in front of Tate Modern). I went to the city to visit, among other things, a number of exhibitions, including Hew Locke’s The Procession at Tate Britain. This exhibition coincided funny and hyper topical with what was going on outside around the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
‘We have all taken part in some sort of procession. People assemble and move together to celebrate, worship, protest, mourn, escape or to better themselves. Hew Locke’s The Procession evokes all such endeavours. It is populated by imagined people who move through this imposing neo-classical space, claiming it for themselves.
Locke’s installation takes as its starting point the history and character of Tate Britain’s building and its original benefactor, the sugar rfining magnate Henry Tate. More broadly, with The Procession, Locke invites visitos to ‘reflect on the cycles of history, and the ebb and flow of cultures, people, finance and power’.
Hew Locke on his work: What I try to do in my work is mix ideas of attraction and ideas of discomfort – colorful and attractive, but strangely, scarily surreal at the same time.
Locke was born in Edingburgh in 1959. He lived in Georgetown, Guyana,, from 1966 to 1980. He has been living and working in Cornwall and London since then.
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