The Ghost Tide curated by Monika Bobinska & Sarah Sparkes
PV 19th October 6-9pm
20th October to 5th November 2018 (Open Thur-Sun 12-5pm and by appointment)
Thames-Side Studios Gallery, Harrington Way, Warspite Rd, London SE18 5NR
The Ghost Tide - coinciding with the festivals of Hallowe'en, All Souls and the Day of the Dead - takes as its starting point the perspective that ghosts exist as an idea, or as part of belief system, across cultures, across national borders and throughout recorded history. Most languages contain words to describe the ghost, spirit or immaterial part of a deceased person. Often, these words - like the type of ghost they describe - have traversed borders been assimilated across cultures.
The exhibition, situated next to the Thames Barrier in south-east London, evokes ghosts as a migratory tide of ghosts washed up along the shore of the Thames, their historical baggage in tow. It also evokes the presence of artists in this part of London, as a migratory tide of creative flotsam and jetsam which ebbs and flows as the city gentrifies and develops.
Featured works include sculpture, installation, film, sound, performance and wall based works. The exhibition will include installations and outdoor interventions, as well as public events and Sarah Sparkes' GHost Research Library ghost library.