Architectural models, posters, drawings and costumes will be included that are informed by Plender's interest in the 1924 British Empire Exhibition, the Suffragettes, the Women's Social and Political Union and the Kibbo Kift Kindred. Plender's research based practice questions the ideological framework around the narration of history. Her recent projects have explored the means by which alternative systems of knowledge production are proposed by fringe social and religious movements. Drawing on social history, Plender questions how official historical narratives are constructed, and the hierarchies behind the 'voice of authority' that is traditionally produced by institutions in the public sphere, such as the museum, the academy and the media.
During the private view the gallery will launch Rise Early Be Industrious - the new monograph published by Sternberg Press in collaboration with MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Arnolfini, Bristol; The Banff Centre, Banff and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Edited by Remco de Blaaij, Gerrie van Noord and Olivia Plender, with texts by Angus Cameron, Maeve Connolly, Lars Bang Larsen, Olivia Plender and Tirdad Zolghadr. Design by Nuno da Luz. ISBN 978-3-95679-174-1