The Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool
The Liar, The Witch and The Wardrobe Screening event 2008. Curated by Vanessa Bartlett. Photographs by Birgit Deubner.
Joe Bampton | Birgit Deubner | Nicola Fitzsimmons | Jim Loftus | Rhian Russell | Emily Speed
The Liar, The Witch and The Wardrobe drew together six artists whose work deals with narrative, illusion and the built environment.
Spanning The Bridewell’s Gallery space and its old jail cell corridor, these works are enriched by their context, serving as specters of imagined histories and drawing on the human inclination to experience buildings as vessels for the psychological topography of the past.
The exhibition included a brand new commission by Joe Bampton. Wardrobe was inspired by the tale of John Dawin, a man who faked his own death and lived in a secret hideout accessible through the back of a wardrobe. Bampton produced a miniature reconstruction of the cell corridor of The Bridewell, where arrestees would have been jailed during the Victorian era. Bampton also installed two works in The Bridewell’s jail cells, including Corridor, Friedrichstrasse 112A, Berlin, which was part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2007.
Joe Bampton, Wardrobe. Friedrichstrasse 112A, Berlin. The Liar, The Witch and The Wardrobe 2008. Curated by Vanessa Bartlett.
Funders: Arts Council England
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