Does self expression flourish under pressure? Is creativity at its most acute in times of social, political and financial crises? More than anything, do the Arts provide hope during periods of extreme difficulty?
The Great Depression in the 1930’s saw Hollywood enter its Golden Age, a period many still describe as the Imperial Era of cinema. On the eve of WWII in 1939 MGM created Gone with the Wind, still one of the most successful films of all time. The Wizard of Oz, released the same year, became one of the most famous moving pictures ever made and Judy Garland’s rendition of Over the Rainbow has been voted the greatest American movie song of all time by the American Film Institute. Extravagant colour and elaborate sets delighted millions; timeless in their invention and splendour while the music, choreography and elaborate costumes of this period all became instant classics, both on celluloid and stage.
So now, while the financial world alleges we are once again in the midst of a grave depression, could Art once more succeed and exceed beyond all limits, providing a platform where all channels of creativity might flourish, stimulate and inspire?
With this in mind, Lingering Whispers has been born. An exhibition comprising of 40 international artists hunting for alternative ways of expression during this crisis. Art and Fashion will merge into one, both stage and catwalk, conscious and subconscious combined where imagination will be celebrated and the pigeonholed eliminated. Contemporary artists, poets, performers, fashion designers and photographers will unite in sharing their unspoken vanities, intoxicating fantasies, illusions, longings, dreams and desires. Lingering Whispers is about experiencing, not inert viewing. Art as a stage rather than four blank gallery walls. A glamorous, exquisite alternative to darkness and gloom.
Curated by Predrag Pajdic and produced by Virginie Puertolas-Syn with: Dom Agius, Errikos Andreu, Barney Ashton, Joachim Baldauf, Sang Bleu, Stefania Bonatelli, Wren Britton, Carolyn Cowan, Fran Dileo, Alexandra Eldridge, Devin Elijah, Manuel Estevez, Roberto Foddai, Al Giga, Frances Goodman, Christophe Haleb, Katharina Hesse, Daniel Holfeld, Kobi Israel, Christina Kruse, Pascale Lafay, Scooter Laforge, Emiliano Lazzarotto, Mark Mander, Tupac Martir, Katarina Mootich, Michal Ohana-Cole, Maflohé Passedouet, Petra Reimann, Ricci/Forte, Pato Rivero, Yvonne De Rosa, Mauro Santucci, Iris Schieferstein, Erick Soler, Tapio Snellman, Wolfgang Stiller, Christopher Stribley, Lee Wagstaff & Cyrille Weiner.
This exhibition stands, an artistic platform where art and fashion debate the merits of creation with the viewer. It dares to speak of over 40 international talents who explore the borderland where fashion is art; deepest fears turn into innermost whims, glam replaces gloom and depression metamorphoses into seduction. New perspectives shout of every stereotype and each reaction born of alternative visions.
Lingering Whispers confronts the usual rules of display of contemporary art. Far from the white cubed dogma, the Crypt of the Church of Saint Pancras, where the whisper of the memories of 550 souls rest, blends art with the tombstones, relics, and mysterious hallways. Once ritual spaces offered a chance to worship the divine but today this burial chamber celebrates the human. One year ago, in Waterloo underground station, Kevin Spacey’s Tunnel 228 project knitted theatre and art. Now, in this catacomb, art and fashion merge. Where else than in vibrant and daring London, under the serene protection of the Caryatids, could it have taken place?
The curator, Predrag Pajdic leads, guides, and inspires. His vision has set the path. His passion has been a catalyst for their creation. His energy mesmerizes and in the true sense of cūrā(re), he cares and attends to the needs of creatives and creations. The result is an amazing alchemy, an enchanting journey, a poetic encounter.
This exhibition exists because of the commitment of those who contributed, the vital support of patrons and the outstanding force of the artists and talents who decide it can be. To all of them. Thank You.
Now, let go and surrender!
|Duration||07 May 2010 - 06 June 2010|
|Cost||freeThis exhibition stands, an artistic platform where art and fashion debate the merits of creation|
|Venue||The Crypt Of St Pancras Church|
|Address||Euston Road London NW1 2BA, ,|
|Contact||/ / www.lingering-whispers.com|