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The aim of the artwork is to add to the existing world archaeology display in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, various birds eye views of the landscapes where the objects come from - to put the collections back into their physical context - and then to add graffiti by museum staff, volunteers, communities and eventually the general public. The graffiti is historical and contemporary connections to the objects and the places where the objects came from.
The hope is to create a visual language for complexity - to be able to 'map' relationships between places, people and things across time and space.
education and outreach expert
and volunteers, staff and visitors to the museum
Supported through University of Hertfordshire / Arts and Humanities Research Council Impact Accelerator Grant
Just a small rant about the reception of this artwork so far -
Whereas I am making art in a specific tradition, like Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane's 'Folk Art Archive' (2005-2027). Deller and Kane worked with the general public for good critical artistic reasons: to make an artwork about who is included and who is excluded from the archive - what voices count, and what voices don't count - who is a Tate Gallery artist and who isn't.
I suspect that any 'children's potato print' reading of the mural-graffiti project is a sexist reading of my choice to work with 'communities' of non-artists, based on the fact that I am a woman artist.
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