Holly Graham Carefully Cleansed of Labour and Softened by Cooking
Opening 23 September 2018, from 3pm
Carefully Cleansed of Labour and Softened by Cooking continues Holly Graham’s exploration of histories and legacies of sugar, industry and slavery. This new work responds to the histories of industry rooted in the area surrounding the Old Kent Road.
The exhibited works take as their starting point a pair of Meissen porcelain sweetmeat bowls held within the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection. These were made between 1765-75 and would have, at the time of their production, been considered an artisanal, luxury good, symbolizing the wealth and status of their owner. Visually, they each depict turfy mounds which prop up bowls to hold sugar or sweetened dried fruits, which are in turn flanked by caricatured ‘blackamoor’ figures who gesture towards the food products in the bowls in front of them. These are part of a wider tradition of similar figurines that embody, and silently testify to, financial gain through processes of colonial exploitation. Holly is interested in how the narratives embodied by these objects are tied together with localised histories of industry rooted in the area surrounding Compressor.
This opening coincides with [space] Open Studios at Haymerle Road. All welcome.
Event Holly Graham Of English Children's Teeth
7 October 2018, from 2pm to 5pm
To accompany her exhibition at Compressor, Holly will host Of English Children's Teeth – an oral history sharing and print-based workshop over afternoon tea, where participants will be invited to share favoured sweet treat recipes and to design an accompanying illustration using an etching process called sugarlift.
The workshop is open to the general public as part of Art Licks Weekend, with a number of places reserved for South London Cares – a charity who aim to draw communities together, and to reduce isolation and loneliness, particularly amongst older people and young professionals based in south London.