Caroline Lucas – politician, cultural advocate and environmental campaigner – has taken on a new challenge: curating her first ever exhibition. Selecting from over 5000 works in the Towner Collection, Caroline’s choices reflect and resonate with her passions and interests.
Recently acquired by Towner, This whole time there were no landmines (2017) is an eight-monitor installation with sound, that uses collected cell-phone-video footage from 2011 to document a ‘shouting valley’ that lies in the contested area of the Golan Heights, Syria.
To celebrate Towner's tenth anniversary in the Rick Mather designed building new Eastbourne's seafront, a group from Towner's team who have worked and volunteered at the gallery since 2009 have curated an exhibition from works in the permanent collection that have been acquired in the last ten years.
Sedibeng, it comes with the rain is an immersive installation set in an environment of reflecting and refracting light, on a floor strewn with feathers, metal abstractions, letter charms, bags of healing herbs, images of ripe fruits and flowers native to Africa, the work explores notions of fertility, land, resistance, Afro-diasporic spiritual aesthetics and practices. Bopape has exhibited work across the globe, including at the 10th Berlin Biennale and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. This will be the artist’s first major solo presentation in England.
This exhibition, which includes new works, takes its name from the artist’s late maternal grandmother and reflects on the ideas surrounding how the iris works, moving from the intimate and unspoken to the communal, stretching to different times, reflective of the nature of painting itself.