Five artists, Sarah Ainslie, Andrew Dawson, Beadie Finzi, Ravi Lloyd
and Penny Woolcock excavate what family means in a semi-derelict
house in Peckham.
We are all watermarked by our past. Though the experience of five
families, UNSAFE HOUSE explores longing and loss, the legacy of
childhood fear and shame, examines race and identity and the price of
keeping secrets from one another. We have created five personal but
interconnected multi-media installations using photography, film,
soundscapes and fire to tell stories that resonate beyond our own lives,
seeking to be understood and understand each other.
Exploring her grandfather’s photograph albums from 1896 until his
death in 1937, Sarah Ainslie has found clues of secret lives and an
inter-generational cover up. Drawing from the images, she has created
a visual narrative exploring the profound cost and the havoc spawned
by lives supressed and unexplained.
In 1985 Andrew Dawson’s father died, and tragically, his body lay
undiscovered for 10 days. This trauma inspired Andrew to create this
deeply personal work which deals with his sense of loss and guilt, his
affection and conflict, and the unique emotions of a son to his father.
Through this work Andrew rediscovered a delicate relationship with his
father that he thought was lost.
Beadie Finzi is torching the past, burning evidence of a bitter familial
dispute. A dispute which began as a battle over a mythical fortune but
has become a matter of moral legitimacy and one which threatens to
consume all. In this work Beadie is looking for release and wondering
if there is a chance for forgiveness.
The existence of a person of colour in the white man’s world involves
the idea of being and non-being, adversity through multiple cultures
and hegemony. Ravi Lloyd experiments with the idea of existing in two
worlds, the white and the black. Through audio recordings and family
photos, Ravi inquires into the memories of his mixed race family, and
their plight to exist.
“People see me fearless now but I was always afraid as a child. I
couldn’t stop crying”. Penny Woolcock delves into the nameless
dread of her childhood, her fear of drowning in her own tears and
longing to run away and join the carnival drummers through memories,
songs, nursery rhymes, psychoanalytical interpretations and the voice
of her religious mother.