Lindsay Seers: Nowhere Less Now
18 Jun 2013 - 16 September 2014
MONA, Hobart, Australia
8 September - 21 October 2012
The Tin Tabernacle
12-16 Cambridge Avenue
London NW6 5BA
'An important work by an artist of stature.' - Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph
Conceived specially for an arresting 19th century corrugated iron chapel in Kilburn, known locally as The Tin Tabernacle, Nowhere Less Now, was an ambitious installation by British artist Lindsay Seers. It will now be exhibited internationally.
From the unlikely connections between the chapel, the birth of her great great uncle, George Edwards, the birth of Mina Bergson, artist and sister of French philosopher Henri Bergson, and her own birth exactly 100 years later to the day, Seers has created a journey across time. Entangling global histories with intimate stories, the work explores image-making mediums, sea-faring and migration.
One event leads to another in a world where coincidence takes on the character of necessity. The unfurling narratives project forward as well as backwards, from the present to a future when dates have become irrelevant and photography redundant.
The discovery by Seers of a family photograph of great great uncle Edwards, taken whilst serving with the British navy in Zanzibar, took her in his wake to the islands off Africa’s east coast. Many things came to the surface in this archipelago, considered to be the seat of witchcraft in East Africa; from an Arab princess and a young English sailor drifting in the currents of Empire, to an inscription on a centuries old Baobab tree.
Combining photography, performance, video and animation, Nowhere Less Now is symptomatic of Seers’ relentless search for truths that remain elusive as they slip through the lens.
The Tin Tabernacle is a Grade II listed building in Kilburn, London. Erected in the 1860s as a place of worship, for the last 70 years it has been home to the Willesden & St Marylebone Sea Cadets. It is one of the last surviving corrugated iron chapels in England.
Nowhere Less Now is commissioned and produced by Artangel with the Sharjah Art Foundation and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Australia. The presentation in London was supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.
Artangel is supported by Arts Council England, Special Angels and The Company of Angels.