Lindsay Seers - It has to be this way2
Co-commissioned by the Mead Gallery and the National Gallery of Denmark
Sat 9 Oct – Sat 11 Dec 2010
To see a sneak peak of the exhibition installation in progress click on the trailer tab above.
Lindsay Seers seeks to unravel the strange disappearance of a young woman, Christine Parkes, her stepsister. Old letters, her stepsister’s notes and a box of photographs act as her point of departure as she sets out to find the truth, a truth which leads her to tales of diamond smuggling in Western Africa.
It has to be this way2 is a large architectural structure, inside a video installation is projected onto a circular screen. The apparently unconnected images filling this light pool in the intense darkness are fragmentary, the viewer cannot piece them together to construct a complete sequence of events. This is because Lindsay Seers’ work traces not simply a narrative account emerging from the disappearance of her stepsister, but the constantly transforming quality of memory itself.
Her work centres on a tension between fact and fiction. Using different voices in the same narrative challenges the idea that one is either true or false. Seers also questions the truthfulness of the camera, can this as apparatus be relied upon? Or are in fact creative impulses within all documentary texts and images?
An exhibition of prints from the eighteenth century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi creates a dialogue with the Lindsay Seers’ work and their shared preoccupations with light and dark, reality and fantasy, loss and displacement.
Click here for more information on Piranesi’s Prisons.
This exhibition has been co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Denmark and Mead Gallery in association with Matt’s Gallery, London. Lindsay Seers is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London. It tours to BALTIC in 2011.