British-South African artist and ceramicist William Martin, in collaboration with photographer Charlotte Speechley, will present a participatory photo shoot called The Lever, which aims to invert the traditional hierarchy of viewership and rituals of dressing. Inspired by the intimate, yet public, coronation ceremony of French monarchs, Martin’s new ceramic and textile works will be available for visitors to wear, creating a sense of performance and masquerade in the historic setting of Pushkin House. Along with the artist, the photographer and the site, participants will direct the work, activating it in new and personal ways.
This event is part of Forum: Of Hosts & Guests, a three-day series of artist performances, film screenings, talks and workshops exploring ideas of hospitality, hierarchy, ritual and belonging organised by Open Space and guest curated by Katherine Finerty.
Forum runs from Thursday 28 March - Saturday 30 March2019 in Bloomsbury, London: University College London (UCL), Mary Ward House and Pushkin House. The programme on Saturday 30 March takes place at Pushkin House under the theme of "The Cultural Centre – Reimagining the Heritage". More information here.