Margate, United Kingdom. 2016
A shelter from XIX century hosted a temporary exhibition about the evolving role of the landscape and architecture of Margate and Cliftonville in the expression and repression of the body and sexuality.
Blushing Pavilion - the architectonic installation, stimulates the theatricality of atmospheric powers such as wind and humidity through the addition of a temporary inner-skin-colored curtain to two of the sides of the existing structure and a night-time light display, and promoting so the potential of such a place as a space for social gathering and sensual contemplation. The colour also refers to Victorian dresses, to Walpole Champney’s original murals and decorative scheme at Dreamland, to skirts blown up by the breeze and to the complicit blushing of the observers and the observed.
Blushing Pavilion - the exhibition displayed selected examples of the vibrant contributions of Cliftonville, Margate to UK’s culture, portraying the earlier explained narrative in a poetical way and featuring material from Thanet District Council’s collection and other sources, recent recorded testimonies and documentation, a mixed media of contemporary art works, photography and performance;
The temporary exhibition will be in the Palm Bay shelter at the eastern periphery of Cliftonville, close to the unofficial nudist area of the town, at Botany Bay. This particular location has been chosen not just because of these architectural and anthropological issues but also because of its liminality, where those exploring the edges of public behavior - crying, screaming, loving, having pleasure, etc - have been forced by historic and current normativity out of view in public space. The event and exhibition should feel similarly guerrilla, embodying the courage of such acts that do sometimes create controversy. In the same spirit, Blushing Pavilion is an act of resistance to their being blown away.
This project is part of HOME, an ambitious programme of creative residencies and commissions in Cliftonville, Kent in 2014/15. It was selected under the Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) - England, co-funded by the ERDF and other partners including: Margate Arts Creativity Heritage, Resort, Thanet District Council and Kent County Council. European Union. Investing in your future.
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Photos: Charles Gonzalez Bernal