An exhibition in the windows of shops, cafes, takeaways and restaurants
along Broadway Market, Hackney.
Dates: Friday 28 September – Monday 1 October 2007
Tour: Monday 1 October, meet 1.30pm, Bradburys Ironmongers, 79-81 Broadway
Taking the German and Balkan folk tradition of household embroidery as
a starting point, Belgrade-based artists SKART met strangers, friends
and acquaintances to discuss life in London during their residency in
Hackney in February 2007. Their conversations were transformed into two-line
rhymes and illustrated using a fast embroidering technique, covering subjects
such as work, moving home, childhood memories, war time stories and regeneration.
This four day public exhibition of the resulting ‘embroideries’
along Broadway Market includes work by students from London College of
Communication, elderly residents living in Bayton Court and Adelaide Court
(Hanover in Hackney Housing Association) and other individual activists,
artists and writers.
‘Embroideries’ can be found along Broadway Market, in the
Art Vinyl, Bradburys, Broadway Gents Hair Stylist, Buggies and Bikes,
Crossbow Wear Ltd., F. Cooke, Gossip Café, La Vie Boutique, L’Eau
à la Bouche, Norlington Chemist Ltd. and The Broadway Bookshop.
SKART (meaning 'scraps' in Serbian) is an experimental art and design
group, founded in 1990 by Dragan Protic and Djordje Balmazovic in Belgrade,
Serbia. This project forms part of a larger Network of Embroideries that
includes work by groups and individuals from Serbia, Germany and Austria.
Special thanks go to the shopkeepers of Broadway Market, Lieve Carchon,
Leonie Clarke (Hanover in Hackney), Valentina Gottardi, Sandy Lloyd and
to all the contributors of the Network of Embroideries, Hackney.
Skart’s residency in London was part of the art / research programme
Reunion, and was supported by Visiting Arts, The Austrian Cultural Forum,
London, SPACE and Hanover in Hackney.
The 2007 Almanac of Political Art
Following an open call for A4 contributions to the first Almanac of Political
Art, over 80 people responded from all over the world with images, statements,
drawings and projects. During a live editing day on 30 June 2007 at the
Austrian Cultural Forum, London, Sophie Hope, three guest editors (Leigh
French, Adam Jeanes and Simona Nastac), a production team (Valentina Gottardi,
Ann Harezlak and Lucy Parker) and a live participating audience discussed
the contributions and compiled as many copies of the Almanac as they could
on the day. Every contributor received a copy and now the Almanac is available
Click on the links below to download a PDF of each section. Each contributor
has a number which appears on the bottom right of their page(s). Phil
Coy took notes during the discussions on the live editing day and you
can find these at the beginning of each chapter. Use the contents as a
reference as you look through the pages of each chapter.
Introduction, contents and notes (1.1MB)
Chapter One (8.7MB)
What makes your art political?
Chapter Two (3.1MB)
What are the political and economic implications of 'cultural exchange'
Chapter Three (7.1MB)
Clash of the comrades: What does 'socialism' or 'anarchy' mean to you
and how are they relevant to your practice?
Editor at large: Sophie Hope
Guest Editors: Leigh French, Adam Jeanes and Simona Nastac
Production Team: Valentina Gottardi, Ann Harezlak and
Gareth Ackland, aladin, allsopp&weir, Gary Anderson and Lena Simic:
'twoaddthree', Bankleer, Petra Bauer, Caspar Below, Rona Bierrum, Bijari,
Mark Brogan, Hannah Brown, Cabinet Société Réaliste
Conseil, Giovanni Calemma, David Campany, Ele Carpenter, Mark Clare, Fran
Cottell, Phil Coy, Raffaella Crispino, Carla Cruz, Branka Curc╣ic╣, Nemanja
Cvijanovic´, Alberto Duman, Leah Elsey & Sonia Uddin, Mbonu
Christopher Emerem, Wapke Feenstra, Alec Finlay, Freee, Raimi Gbadamosi,
Valentina Gottardi, Catherine Graham, Igor Grubic, Marlene Haring, Catherine
Hemelryk, Bernadette Huber, John Jordan, Doris Koch, Martin Krenn, Anna
Lascari, Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, José Maçãs
de Carvalho, Angela Madesani, Alistair McClymont, Rosemarie McGoldrick,
Nela Milic, Harriet Mitchell, Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer,
Vlad Nanca, Joseph Nechvatal, Christian Nold, Paul O’Neill, Devon
Ostrom, Lucy Catherine Parker, Participatory Fieldwork, Mark Pawson, Dan
Perjovschi, Maria Petrides, Victoria Preston, Psychological Prosthetics
(Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman), Nada Prlja, Kieren Reed and Abigail
Hunt, Oliver Ressler, Paula Roush / msdm, Paul Sakoilsky, Gabriele Schettler
and Martin A. Dege, Schleuser.net, Michael Schwab, Walter Seidl, Basak
Senova and Banu Cennetoglu, Set Up Tolerance (Grete Aagard and Tanja Nellemann),
SKART, Michal Siml, Barry Sykes, Stefan Szczelkun, Aniko Szovenyi (HINTS
Institute), Szuper Gallery, Suzana Tamamovic, Unwetter, Mona Vatamanu
and Florin Tudor, Theodore Wilkins, withyou.co.uk, Vicky Wright, yoke
and zoom and YNKB.
For images of the live production day go to the Plotting Shed / Blog page.
If you have any comments or feedback contact email@example.com
Printed copies (black and white) are available on request at £15
(23 euro) plus postage. To order a copy, contact Sophie on firstname.lastname@example.org