The exhibition will respond, through installation and performance, to the current situation of the Old Police Station building, a listed Edwardian building currently resisting being converted into commercial housing.
The work will explore the absurdity and confusion around ideas of home and home-making. Beginning with the artists’ personal histories and experiences - notably feelings of expectation and loss - the exhibition will interrogate domestic coping strategies and embodied practices. The work exists in the context of London's 'housing crisis', and references White’s ongoing research into the body’s physical understanding of loss and grief, and its relationship with site and location: in particular experiences of claustrophobia, suffocation, and the distortion of domestic objects designed to support or comfort the body into objects of restriction and oppression. Watts is concerned to investigate the way domestic places are constituted through both specific everyday practices and cultural histories, and what the show home represents in the process of home-making.
Shortlisted for the Workweek Prize 2017
www.sarahwhite.org.uk / @sarah_white16
www.jamesgawatts.co.uk / @jamesgawatts