Event: Centre for Studies of Home Annual Lecture

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6.30pm

Room 126, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London

Followed by a reception

Moving House: Homes and Hut Myths in the Installation Art of Agnes Varda, Tracey Emin and Michael Landy

Professor Gill Perry (Open University)

Houses, homes, huts and domestic themes have become ubiquitous in installation art over the last few decades. Gill Perry explores some of the mythical, metaphorical, aesthetic and social concerns that have inspired artists to engage with these everyday themes. She focuses on the work of three contemporary artists (Agnes Varda, Tracey Emin and Michael Landy) for whom (as she argues) ‘home’ is rich in contradictory, playful and nomadic meanings, evoking both local and transnational associations. Exploring issues of gender, play and the imaginative and experimental potential of ‘homely’ structures in the gallery space, she argues that these forms of contemporary art can invite a compelling critique of ‘everyday life’.

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