Sunday, 24 August 2014

SEeAFAR at Folkestone Triennial

SEaFAR at folkestone Triennial 2014
Foa + Hosea, Crali McCall, Anne Robinson, Sarah Sparkes, Thurle Wright
At The Old Truckers Lounge, Folkestone Harbour 
over the opening weekend of Folkestone Triennial 2014
29th - 31st August

Taking place in a former waiting room for the Folkestone ferry, SEeAFAR features six artists – Foa + HoseaCarali McCallAnne RobinsonSarah Sparkes,Thurle Wright – whose work manifests absence. Through drawing, painting, installation, performance and moving image, these artworks recall the perspective of generations of women living in a state of unknowing as they wait for news or the return of loved ones from overseas and explore the tensions between anticipation and memory, separation and speculation.

Sarah Sparkes' great grandfather was a Magic Lanternist. Using his decaying lantern slides and combining these with a magicians' optical effects, the artist has created a series of works illuminating the ambiguous relationship between the woman watching on the shore and the spectre of the shipwreck at sea. In ' Jane Conquest rings the Bell' a standard maritime narrative is re-imagined in which a visionary woman looks out from behind the helm of destiny.