Written by Dani Abulhawa and Sarah Spanton

Tracy Lumpkin’s Perspective worked directly with the space of St  Ann’s Square as though it were a gallery through the presentation of artworks on easels in the central area. Lumpkin’s work was highly autobiographical, laying bear her own traumatic life events in a highly public space. The work received a lot of attention, being quite central and accessible, and people seemed to be moved by the presentation of this material.

We were interested in how in many ways, the themes of Lumpkin’s work linked with Nicola Canavan’s MILK, in its presentation of something (a woman’s traumatic life events, including the death of a child) that are conventionally cloaked or guarded from public display or open discussion.

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Written by Gisele Bone

Man: I’m such a Philistine.

Woman: (reading the quote on the plinth) I totally relate to that. (Pause) Yes, I really relate to that. (Walks off)

Man: (reading the quote out loud) ‘There are no facts, only interpretations.’ (Pause) Nietzsche.

I heard this snippet at one of the plinths after I had already looked round and felt desperation at the story being told and questioned whether it was fabricated.  I considered whether the latter mattered.

Situated near the northern end of St Ann’s Square, Tracy Lumpkin’s Perspective was visited by a steady flow of people wandering over to see what the work was about.  Several easels and plinths used to display sculptural and two-dimensional pieces were a recognizable symbol of art-related activity to non-arts specialists passing by, providing a quick means of relating to what was going on.

Looking at the work, I declined the invitation to listen to the 3-minute audio recording that accompanied it.  I was too hungry to process more information and was content to think about what I had already experienced.  I barely remember any of the displayed works so much as I remember the cluster of plinths and easels in a horse shoe layout and how at odds this had seemed to my expectations of Hazard.

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Image credits: 1. Tracy Lumpkin/Hazard, 2. Sarah Spanton

 

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