Peter Liversidge: Notes on Protesting, 14 Mar 2015 — 14 Jun 2015

Peter Liversidge: Notes on Protesting

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK

British artist Peter Liversidge (b. 1973, Lincoln) presents a new solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery inspired by ideas around demonstration and protest.

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration with groups of primary school children from east London, who worked with the artist to compose and write lyrics for protest songs, create choreography and design banners and placards.

A film of the performances taking place at the Whitechapel Gallery on May Day 2014 and on London’s South Bank shows the artist and sixty children aged 8 and 9 from Marion Richardson Primary School in Tower Hamlets in demonstration. The film work is displayed alongside hand painted banners and archive material.

For the project Liversidge held workshops over a 4 month period to encourage the children to express their views on community and the power of a collective voice. The songs included everything from a rally against homework and a dislike of tight fitting shoes to tales of the school playground and everyday life in east London. Documentation of the workshops, rehearsals and lyrics which included ‘Less trucks and cars / More chocolate bars!’ and ‘I Don’t Like Cooked Tomatoes’ are also featured in the display.

Liversidge is a conceptual artist whose work combines elements of performance and documentation. He is interested in the processes of making artworks and the success or failure of an idea. A central aspect of every new work he creates is a typewritten ‘proposal’ relating to a specific site or commission. If a proposal reaches completion the results can range from painting, books and installations of found or made objects to solo performances and large scale participatory events.

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Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK

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