Thursday, 23 October 2014

Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC---Stanley Picker Gallery 9 October - 29 November 2014

Laura Oldfield Ford: Pray for Love
Stanley Picker Gallery Commission
Pray for Love features in Laura Oldfield Ford’s exhibition Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC currently showing at the Stanley Picker Gallery. Oldfield Ford has spent the last year walking through the suburban edges of South West London as part of her Stanley Picker Fellowship research. Her work is concerned with issues surrounding contested space, landscape, architecture and memory, reworking the ‘drift’ as a subjective process of mapping territory along the lines of social antagonism.
Pray for Love is an autobiographical audio travelogue in which Laura Oldfield Ford delivers an elegiac personal and socio-political commentary on what she sees around her as she wanders through London and beyond into the suburbs. For her, a reversal has taken place; the suburb is the new inner city. In 2011 it was the suburbs that saw the most dramatic displays of collective violence. In Croydon, Edmonton, Catford and Streatham the barriers broke down and suddenly the suburbs became porous.