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Hew Locke

  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, performance, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Oliver Cowling © Tate, 2014
  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, performance, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Oliver Cowling © Tate, 2014.
  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, performance, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Akiko Ota.
  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, performance, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Akiko Ota.
  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, performance, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Akiko Ota.
  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, performance, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Akiko Ota.
  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, performance, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Akiko Ota.
  • Hew Locke, Give and Take, 2014. As part of BMW Tate Live: Up Hill Down Hall-An Indoor Carnival, Tate Modern. Photograph © Tate, 2014. Photograph by Oliver Cowling.

Give and Take, August 23, 2014, Tate Modern, London, UK

Six drummers filed into the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and started playing under the bridge, attracting a crowd among the visitors. After a few minutes, fifty-four foot soldiers wearing cardboard masks with jerk-chicken, peas and rice designs (the most popular food sold at carnival in Britain) and carrying shields and sticks infiltrated the hall, moving between the drummers and the audience. At a signal, they started to drum on their shields and moved to encircle the crowd. Breaking into smaller units, they harassed and herded the audience around the hall. Finally, they reformed into an unbroken double line across lower end of the hall, and swept up the space, pushing members of the audience entirely out of the building. The shields, approximately 1.5 meters high, were each adorned with a photo of a building in Notting Hill. As the shields were held in a row, they gave the impression of an entire streetscape.

In this performance, the shields of the foot soldiers refer to riot police keeping order and controlling the space of carnival, and more broadly of all Notting Hill. They also speak about actual streets being blocked off during carnival. It is about an area changing and property needing to be protected from the revelers, and the resulting constant threat from the authorities to move carnival to Hyde Park. The increasing price of property in Notting Hill, partly due to its historical diversity and the glamour carnival brings to the area, has pushed many residents out, echoing the way in which carnival revelers are pushed and restricted in their movements around the same streets.

Updates

Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival featured in ARC

Varala Maraj for Arc Magazine recently reviewed Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival curated by Claire Tancons at Tate Modern.

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Time Out London Interviews EN MAS’ artist Hew Locke

In a recent interview with Time Out London, EN MAS’ participating artist Hew Locke talked about his performance Give and Take, part of Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival at TATE Modern.

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The London Evening Standard and The Guardian announce UP HILL DOWN HALL: AN INDOOR CARNIVAL

On August 23rd, TATE Modern in London will host the event Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival curated by EN MAS’ curator Claire Tancons.

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About the Artist

Hew Locke

Hew Locke is an artist who explores the subject of power, particularly through the representation of royal portraiture, coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, weaponry and costume. Drawing on the dynamic society of Guyana, the wider Caribbean and Europe, Locke delves deeply into the history behind the subject matter and objects involved in his work to create pieces that stand on a crossroad of cultures, mediums and historic references. Locke has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum and British Museum in London, New York Museum of Art and Design, Atlanta Contemporary Arts and at Brooklyn Museum, New York as well as the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. This year he will be taking part in Prospect.3, New Orleans and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India.


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