Annette Messager & Travelling Light
Went to London on Friday for the PV of Travelling Light. During the day I met up with a friend and we went to see the Annette Messager retrospective at The Hayward Gallery. The exhibition shows Messager’s work over the last four decades from intimate pieces to large visually stunning installations including part of Casino (amazing!!!) which won the Golden Lion award at the 2005 Venice Biennale.
Red billowing, illuminated silk created a lost world in the belly of a whale, taxidermied sparrows in knitted capes and bonnets, and inflatable “breathing” body parts. Travelling from room to room you found yourself in a fantasy world which swung between the nostalgic, funny, and nightmarish.
“I like to tell stories. I like cliches. .. Psychoanalytically, our entire society is encapsulated in fairy tales. I’ve always been interested in them and they are often one of my points of departure”– Annette Messager.
Thoroughly enjoyed getting emersed in her work and came away with so much to think about – especially how physical movement within a piece affects the viewers experience.
Following a few drinks in a Camden bar and a quick change into a sparkly top, it was off to the private view of Travelling Light at WW Gallery in Hackney.
58 artists were showcasted in the converted Victorian house – a setting that worked really well (and will be mirrored by a similar domestic space in Venice) with the interesting and intimate pieces. The work in the show felt brave and lively (much like the private view itself which was heaving!) often tending towards the subversive or humourous. Its quite incredible what they have achieved on an apparently tiny budget with a whole lot of hard work and inspiration. Really exciting and succesful show, with Venice installment still to come!
Travelling Light – WW Gallery, London 15th- 28th May; Venice 6th -10th June.