'Home on the Move', National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre (26th July–23rd September 2018)
My recent video, 'Home: A Structure on Trial' (2017) based on the poem by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin, will be exhibited alongside the six other films produced by artist's from the 'Talking Transformations' commission. The two original poems and their literary translations will be displayed on posters as well as in the form of take-away poem-objects.
The show is part of the exhibition 'Language Shift', itself part of the Library’s Endangered Poetry Project. We will be sharing the gallery space with artist Mary Kuper who has created visual works which respond to the library’s collection of poems in European languages.
The 'Talking Transformations: Home on the Move' project was commisioned by Dr. Manuela Perteghella and Dr. Ricarda Vidal and comprises of two poems about home which represent the immigration and emigration routes into and out of the UK and seven corresponding artist videos:
"Talking Transformations seeks to offer a platform to examine what ‘home’ means to us at a time when notions of ‘home’ in Europe are becoming more fluid, being challenged and reshaped by unprecedented migration. Motivated by Brexit, this project focuses on the UK and the countries most important to EU migration into and from the UK: respectively Romania and Poland and France and Spain. British poetry is sent through literary translation via France to Spain before returning home; in parallel, an original Polish poem travels through translation from Poland via Romania to the UK before returning to Poland."