Gathering by Melanie Manchot at Fabrica
In Walk (Square) a thousand schoolchildren stream out of their school gates and become part of a vast choreographed crowd in the square outside the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. For Celebration (Cyprus Street) Manchot worked with the residents of Cyprus Street in the East End of London and the resulting film is a continuous tracking shot that records a community coming together and posing for a traditional group photograph.
Melanie Manchot worked with the participants of both films to construct and record incidents that examine collective identities, codes of behaviour in public space and develop her continued interest in portraiture as a performative event. The films also express Manchot’s interest in walking as a form of democratic expression, to parade or to protest, and resonate with the wave of mass demonstrations that have swept across Europe and the Middle East from anti-cuts protests in the UK, to the Arab Spring.
Legitimate protest or riot? Street party or demonstration? The politics of the mob or the genuine voice of the people? Gathering promises to be the focus for a highly topical debate on the power of human action directed to a common goal.
A full programme of events and activities will sit alongside the exhibition. Full details http://fabrica.org.uk