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  Feeding the 5000  

Feed the 5000
Biennial opening night
Independent District


  Cabin Pressure at the Cabin Club  

Cabin Pressure
The Cabin Club
Liverpool Biennial 2002


  Work by Nicki McCubbing  

Nicki McCubbing
Novas Warehouse
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail from 'After the Banquet' by Jane Hughes  

Jane Hughes
Myrtle Group
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail of work by Paul Clarkson

Paul Clarkson


Independent District

Novas Warehouse


A figurative painter, he has explored the iconography of the ethnicity and the institution. He has exhibited internationally and been interviewed for a documentary, ‘International Artists’, on his art and themes in affiliation with Triangle Arts, Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool).

On 29 March 2004, descendants of African slaves filed a multibillion dollar lawsuit in a New York court against Lloyds of London for financing the trading fleets that transported their ancestors in their millions across the Atlantic, condemning them to generations of slavery and oppression in the so-called new world. Similarly on 23 August 1999 in England, Liverpool City Council decided to publicly apologize for the city’s role in the Transatlantic slave trade. Without defining any reparations to the following ruling, it is in danger of becoming an empty gesture. It is like apologizing for stealing someone’s wallet without actually returning it. There can therefore never be any true reconciliation without true reparations.

In Africa the ancestors safeguard people’s welfare and rights. It is the ancestors who ultimately punish wrongdoing, by sending trouble or illness, even death, to the transgressor.
Elders refer to such righting of wrongs as ‘keeping the house clean for others’. This allows future generations to inherit purity instead of having to repair the damage that irresponsible grandparents or great-grandparents have neglected to fix.

- MALIDOMA SOME, ‘The Healing Wisdom of Africa’

Chain reaction is a courtroom drama with judge, witness, defendants and exhibits for the jury ‘audience’ to reside over. The space will be set up to allow both victims and perpetrators to realize that it is in the interest of both parties to enter into the process of putting right the ills of the past in order to give generations a life free of scourge of slavery and genocide.

transVoyeur and the Artist
transVoyeur is the exchange forming history, the demographics of time, people and places. The institutional and the popular interrelated. The post-modernity founded on the commerce derived from the breath of life and immigration, evolving from one of individualism to become a generational synthesis.

Morality and signification inscribed on the architectural surface, one of flesh and blood of our forefathers, as is the generics of the body conventionalized to the aesthetic semiotics of the urbanscape. The art proposed for transVoyeur is one of the institution and popular culture considering the monarchy within it historical context in contrast to the contemporary perceptions, dissecting it to personify and transpose the degradation of their acts to their place and façade removed. This exported image of royalty and stature reduced to expose foibles of this institution.


Artists represented in Transvoyeur:

Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney
Tony Knox
Gary Sollars
Ben Youdan
George Lund
Paul Clarkson
Michael Ricardo Andreev
Kofi Fosu
Stephan Fowlkes
Reid Stowe
Poalo Pelosini
Patricia Jacobs

live art performance schedule


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