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Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth
An exhibition curated Lighthouse for Brighton Festival 2011, UK
7 May – 9 June 2011
http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/lynette-wallworth-evolution-of-fearlessness

As a curator, I have had the pleasure of working with the remarkable Australian artist, Lynette Wallworth on several occasions. This was one of the most significant.

The I organisation I directed from 2010-2014, Lighthouse was delighted to be part of Brighton Festival 2011, guest directed by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. We partnered with the festival on the presentation of two major exhibitions by contemporary artists, Kutluğ Ataman (Turkey) and Lynette Wallworth.

Lynette showed two installations at the University of Brighton’s galleries: Evolution of Fearlessness (pictured above) and Damavand Mountain (pictured below).

Evolution of Fearlessness was an intimate, interactive installation dealing with loss, survival and strength. The work incorporated filmed portraits of several women, originating from countries such as Afghanistan‚ Sudan‚ Iraq and El Salvador. They have lived through wars‚ or survived concentration camps or extreme acts of violence and are brought directly to the audience, through this intimate installation, to share their stories. Built around the importance of gesture‚ and responsive to touch, Evolution of Fearlessness provided a tactile gateway to the women contained in the piece. Whilst cinematic techniques are at the heart of Evolution of Fearlessness, the work went beyond cinema in its immersive and interactive form, revealing the strength of the human spirit.

Damavand Mountain was an elegant work made from footage obtained by Lynette during a residency in a small Iranian mountain village. A series of images track the cycle of a short lived poppy flower, a woman and a snow covered mountain. The movements of the flowers petals, the woman’s chador and the clouds suggest the impact of invisible forces that shape them daily. Their adjustments to the changing environment evoke a sense of endurance in human nature and nature itself. Through this series of visual metaphors Damavand Mountain presented a poetic and unobtrusive exploration of the global and governmental forces that shape the lives of those in Iran and around the world.

These works resonated strongly with the themes running through Brighton Festival 2011, which was inspired by the courage of its guest curator, Aung San Suu Kyi.

These exhibitions, and the presentation of Kutluğ Ataman’s installation Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, marked a new phase of Lighthouse’s work, where we took our programmes beyond our own venue.

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Mesopotamian Dramaturgies by Kutluğ Ataman
An exhibition for Brighton Festival 2011, UK
7 May – 29 May 2011
http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/kutlug-ataman-mesopotamian-dramaturgies

The I organisation I directed from 2010-2014, Lighthouse was delighted to be part of Brighton Festival 2011 guest directed by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. We partnered with the festival on the presentation of two major exhibitions by contemporary artists, Kutluğ Ataman (Turkey) and Lynette Wallworth (Australia).

Animating the atmospheric disused space of the Old Municipal Market in Brighton, Kutluğ’s site-specific exhibition brought together two works which used the theme of water to meditate on political change. The centrepiece was the world premiere of Mayhem. This new multi-screen film installation, co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, used water is to subtly symbolise the transformational energy of revolution. It was presented with Su, a video installation shown in the UK for the first time.

The festival celebrated themes of freedom of expression, liberty, and the power of the individual voice in society, inspired by its guest curator, Aung San Suu Kyi. Mayhem by Kutluğ Ataman strongly resonated with these themes, at a time where revolutionary change was sweeping through Kutluğ’s own region. Kutluğ passionately believes in the need for democracy and freedom of expression in his native Turkey, and in the wider region.

In Mayhem, Kutluğ transported us to another Mesopotamia – “la Mesopotamia” in Argentina, itself located between the Paraná and Uruguay rivers. Here, in what Ataman describes as an “alternative promised land”, we were confronted by the spectacular and chaotic energy of the Iguazu Falls. In what he referred to as a direct response to the uprisings taking place in his own region, Kutluğ cast water as both a cleansing and destructive force. Just as water shapes and transforms nature, the Arab Spring is sweeping aside old structures and allowing new ones to evolve.

Showing alongside Mayhem was Su. This work takes its name from the Turkish word for water. It was filmed over a year, and illustrates the different moods of the Bosphorus strait, the narrow strip of water that separates Europe from Asia.