Wed 25 Mar 2020 / 9 - 10.30am
We are sorry to announce that the Breakfast Opening has been cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19. The current exhibition, Tanoa Sasraku: O’ Pierrot, will be available to view online, and the gallery visit in person can be arranged by appointment.
A special breakfast viewing of the exhibition with artist Tanoa Sasraku. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided. All welcome, drop-in anytime between 9am-10.30am.
Employing the narrative of Pierrot the Clown, and the aesthetic of Kenneth Anger’s pioneering avant-garde, queer film Rabbit’s Moon, O’ Pierrot explores the quest for British identity from a lesbian, mixed-race, British perspective.
The life goal of Pierrot Mulatto (played by the artist) is to catch a giant sycamore seed that spins down every day from the arms of Harlequin Jack, a crazed black man in whiteface, driven mad by his own quest for British acceptance. Jack toys with Pierrot throughout the story, performing a satirical essence of white British sensibility whilst referencing early minstrel troupes’ caricatures of the post-slavery, black populace. Mixed-race Pierrot is encouraged to strive for her ‘white potential’ whilst battling rejection, rage, and the bending of time amidst the English countryside.
The exhibition will include the film O’ Pierrot, original costumes created by the artist, and other supporting materials and will be followed by a series of talks and events, further reflecting on the themes of the show.
Tanoa Sasraku (1995, Plymouth, Devon) works with themes examining the intersections of her identity as a young, mixed-race, gay woman and the endeavour to draw these senses of self together as one in 21st century England. Sasraku is based in London, England and her practice shifts between filmmaking and flag-making.