Exhibition

Florence Peake. The Keeners

1 Oct 2015 – 21 Nov 2015

Regular hours

Thursday
12:00 – 17:00
Friday
12:00 – 17:00
Saturday
12:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
12:00 – 20:00

SPACE

London
England, United Kingdom

Address

Save Event: Florence Peake. The Keeners

I've seen this

People who have saved this event:

close

Florence Peake: The Keeners comprises an ambitious public dance performance in London Fields and an exhibition at SPACE.

About

The Keeners takes its title from the notion of ‘keening’, where professional mourners in Irish and Celtic traditions grieve the losses of others on their behalf. Peake’s work abstracts this tradition and presents a collective grief in the form of a public performance to mourn the commodification and instrumentalisation of art by the corporate world, enacted by a chorus of dancers on a glossy mirrored dance floor.

Collected through a public open call, the dancers mourn every one of the submitted personal losses. The performance is situated in London Fields, which is classified as common land (Lammas Rights for grazing animals), and links to its history as a plague burial site.

Highlighting a framework of collective support and a platform for discussing the notion of ‘artwashing’, personal ethics and moral dilemmas the piece is also a playful and slyly ironic comment on the hypocrisy that faces us in daily life.

Exhibiting artists

Florence Peake

Comments

Have you been to this event? Share your insights and give it a review below.