It’s with great pleasure to announce that ‘We Dream of Blue Whales’, the triptych charting my journey on the Sea Dragon from Iceland to Sweden, is to be shown in a new exhibition ‘Here be Whales’ at Left Bank Leeds in association with Hull Maritime Museum and the universities of Leeds and York.
The show has been curated by Martha Cattell, Hondartza Fraga and Sophia Nicolov. I cannot justly paraphrase the aim, written beautifully succinctly in the exhibition publicity, so have copied it and pasted below:
‘Here Be Whales is an exhibition bringing together a number of artists who explore and question the authenticity of whale representations. It reflects, in ethical terms, material and cultural methods and how these are challenged, not only by whales’ damaged past, but also by their threatened present and speculative future. As the author Boria Sax states ‘every animal is a tradition… when we contemplate the inner life of animals, myth is finally our only truth’. Considering the past and current ‘traditions’ and multiplicity of whale depictions, this exhibition seeks to offer alternative ways to interrogate the process of myth-making and animal.’
Work ranges from drawings to textiles, scuplture, collage, photography, video and installation. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources – from historical whaling and 20th century whale strandings to the lashing white tail of the fictional Moby Dick. The all female line-up of artists have taken their experiences from afar afield as the icy rock of Husavik in Iceland to the damp metallic grey of the British North Sea and the rusting shells of old whaling units in Canada.
More about the show and the artists can be found here.
Exhibition: Here Be Whales
Artists: Helen Cann; Martha Cattell; Angela Cockayne; Filippa Dobson; Hondartza Fraga; Caroline Hack; Sophia Nicolov; Marina Rees; Kathy Prendergast
Gallery: Left Bank Leeds
Address: Cardigan Rd, Leeds LS6 1LJ
Dates: 4th Feb – 29th March
Visiting hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10-4pm
Opening Night: Wednesday 6th February, 6-8pm
Curators Talk: Wednesday 27th March at 6pm, followed by a screening of the movie Whale Rider (2002)
Free entry to the exhibition, costs may apply to related events.