mac Birmingham, 26 November 2011 – 29 January 2012
'Their Wonderlands' is an international group exhibition which we curated for mac Birmingham. Contemporary artists were drawn together to explore the space given to make-believe and folklore in post-industrial 21st century European society.
Although the journeys that led to the creation of these works may be personal or autobiographical in tone, they often evoke fairytales, children's literature and the surreal worlds of Studio Ghibli's animations.
Inspired by the essay In Praise of Shadows (1933) by Japanese writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, the exhibition existed in darkness. Visitors were invited to select a torch on entry to discover works among a cardboard labyrinth; designed by seminal architect, Yona Friedman.
Featuring work by:
Alice Anderson, Ayo & Oni Oshodi, Blanch & Shock, Caleb Morrison, Catherine Hyland, Cécile Azoulay, Corinne Felgate, Edward Wakefield, Eloise Fornieles, Emma Hart, Emma Rendel, Helen Walker, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Kate Rowles, Mathew Sawyer, Melanie Wilson, Michael Allen & Daniel Schwitzer, Reka Reisinger, Susanne Ludwig, They Are Here and Yona Friedman.
Exhibition texts and publication edited by Lily Hall and designed by Cody Lee Barbour.
Installation documentation: Alastair Levy