As a final exhibition in 2019, Centrum is happy to present Berlin based artist Keegan Luttrell with her exhibition For Joan
. In her sculptural and performative work, the artist examines two different explorations of the meaning of armour, one that explores a narrative where armour fuses with the body to create a singular entity, highlighting the implications of this action, while the other perceives armour as a metaphor for building something that does not exist.
The title and theme of the exhibition were inspired by the iconic figure Jeanne d'Arc – Joan of Arc – who led the French army to war against England in the 1430s, but who finally experienced how her male allies turned against her after several defeats, and sold her to the opponents. In 1431, d'Arc was burned at the stake as a witch. In her work, Luttrell uses the story of Joan of Arc to highlight what happens when the protection of the self becomes a symbolic element of power and also when it becomes obsolete. Shedding armour removes the restrictive rigidity of the public facade as it reveals the vulnerable truth of human nature.
On the occasion of the exhibition there will be an artist talk, taking place on 5 December at 7pm.