On the Importance of Independent Spaces and Subculture
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"My experience with The Horse Hospital has given me the freedom to curate my own project (Requiem: Material/Memory (2019)) and support director Roger K. Burton on the installation of The Horse Hospital 25th Anniversary (2018) retrospective, and now the upcoming Vive Le Punk: Redressed.
Running from November 30th – December 21st, 2019 the exhibition is a direct response to the threat of a rent increase which would render The Horse Hospital unable to remain open in central London, effectively closing one of the last places that levels what can be the very uneven playing field of culture.
Vive Le Punk: Redressed reflects on the landmark Vive Le Punk (1993) exhibition Burton staged using original Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren punk garments: mounted on latex mannequins and ropes, free from glass cabinets and close enough for visitors to touch. It was an exhibition that challenged who tells subcultural history, and how it is told.