The Late Shows
A big thank you to everybody who participated in our show on Saturday night - it was fantastic. Have a look at our blog to see some photos and read more about how it went.
If you missed out, not to worry: our exhibition and installations are still open to visitors Wed - Sat 12 - 5pm.
The Blossom Tree
Globe and House of Objects have put together a unique interactive installation in which a tree will “blossom” before your very eyes. Visitors will have the opportunity to write a personal message to a loved one on a ribbon; our volunteers will demonstrate how to fashion them into beautiful blossoms and attach them to our living tree.
Trees are a symbol of life: of both physical and spiritual growth, of both sturdiness and transience. Blossoms are associated with the coming of spring, and their arrival brings joy to people all over the world. But their beauty is short-lived; not unlike our own human experience. The Blossom Tree is a work which acknowledges this impermanence and celebrates the beauty of our lives, allowing people to express their love in a manner which is simultaneously private and communal, writing concealed messages both to those who are living and those who have passed on. Once in bloom, The Blossom Tree will serve as testament to the fragility and preciousness of our lives. Its message is an important one: through love, solidarity and strength, we the living can face our own transience.
Globe hopes to bring this project to the wider community, transporting The Blossom Tree from place to place to connect with any people as possible. Its next location is set to be at House of Objects – but stay tuned for news of future destinations.
Thirteen - George Chakravarthi
Thirteen is a photographic installation commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The work portrays thirteen of Shakespeare's tragic characters, all of whom meet their ends through suicide. Embedded in light boxes, Chakravarthi has created a series of powerful self-portraits, where he assumes the roles of some of Shakespeare's most celebrated yet doomed characters: Brutus, Cassius, Eros, Goneril, Mark Antony, Othello, Timon of Athens, Lady Macbeth, Portia, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet and Romeo.
Chakravarthi says of the project:
"The portraits are multi-layered and imbued with colour and texture, created to present my vision of each image and character, revealing the beauty, anguish and complexities found across Shakespeare's tragedies."
Chakravarthi worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company costume department to recreate his own identity, assembling key pieces of costumes for each character, with the aim of finding as much drama in the costumes as there is in the texts. Having been photographed in character, Chakravarthi layered each shot with textures and surfaces drawn from such sources as lace, feathers, jewels as well as mould and cobwebs. The seemingly veiling images give a sense of distance between the figure and the viewer. The resulting jewel-like images are presented in a delicately lit space, referencing the tombs and monuments of the heroes and heroines of Shakespeare's plays.
About George Chakravarthi
George Chakravarthi was born in New Delhi, India, in 1969, and moved to the UK at the age of ten. Most of his work explores ideas of 'selfhood' and deconstructs socially accepted definitions of gender, sexual and racial identity within live, photographic and video performances. He has performed and exhibited nationally in venues including The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Site Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and internationally in Germany, the Netherlands, and India. He completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in 2003 and currently lectures at The University of Brighton. Chakravarthi lives and works in London.
We the Living
Globe is very proud to introduce our newest project, We the Living. Organised in association with Launchpad and VOLSAG (the VOLuntary Sector Advisory Group), its aim is to use Globe’s exhibition programme to create discourse about issues surrounding mental health.
The topics of suicide and mental illness are difficult to broach but at some point in our lives (whether directly or indirectly) they are likely to affect us all. Sadly, the nature of mental health issues and the fact that they can be challenging to discuss means that many will suffer in silence rather than get the help they might need. But when we face the facts – for example, that suicide is the biggest killer of men between the ages of 20 and 49 – it becomes clear that action is needed to break the silence and dispel the stigma surrounding mental health.
With this aim in mind, our current initiative utilises Globe Gallery’s new premises to create a welcoming environment for conversation. Together with Launchpad and VOLSAG we have put together a rota of volunteers and workers from across the social work, voluntary and mental health sectors to be a positive presence in the gallery during our opening hours (Wed – Sat 12-5pm). They will be able to point people in the right direction, providing useful contact details for organisations in the area, but they will also be available just to talk – the importance of which is sometimes forgotten.
Over the next few months, We the Living will evolve and continue to provide opportunities to raise awareness about mental health issues. Globe hope to collect and collate the shared experiences of all the people we encounter through the project into a publication, which will provide a lasting legacy of our work and be spread throughout community spaces in the area to reach as many people as possible.