Paradise Stories, RIBA Renew Rooms
Solo show & curatorial project. Solo; Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) RENEW Rooms, Liverpool & curatorial show at The International Gallery, Liverpool, March 2008.
Spurred by Liverpool’s transformation and mankind’s endless pursuit of happiness, I created a two venue multi-sensory exhibition, inviting visitors to find a sanctuary from the physical city surroundings and reflect on its journey to current renewal as European Capital of Culture.
Crossing sculpture to video installation and live performance; I focussed on stories from Liverpool’s inhabitants from a range of backgrounds, ages, occupations and ethnicities. Eight videos include an insight into a cab driver’s unsuspecting daily encounters, a Feng Shui expert sharing how the Chinese Archway was positioned using ancient compass techniques, and the thorny discussion of Afro-Caribbean mother and daughter ‘The Wentons’ in their dispute of multi-racial integration across Liverpool since the Toxteth riots. The videos were embedded amongst exuberant half-animal forms, and a wealth of mock jungle surroundings. Wigwam waterfall architectural Iggie offers a degree of escape from the noise of the surrounding plastic paradise.
BBC Radio Interview on Paradise Stories
Excerpt of Paradise: Wildflower
Talking to the viewer
Viewers at the exhibition
Talks on the exhibition with Culturepool
Opening at RIBA RENEW Rooms and International Gallery