Millennium contributor Steffi Klenz has a new exhibition of her work entitled “Nummianus” and a new book called “Polo bound for Passaic”
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A collaborative project with Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
11 September – 22 November 2009
Venue-New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square, Walsall, West Midlands WS2 8LG
In this series of works, Steffi Klenz has attempted to critically explore the notion of displacement and the collapse of a sense of belonging with regard to place.
Klenz has photographed rows of boarded-up, terraced houses in Greater Manchester. These houses are representative of a more widespread trend in which most residents have left the area, causing a rapid decrease in value for the remaining properties. Unable to sell their homes, some residents are forced to remain in the area where they are subject to a downward spiral of social exclusion.
She has highlighted the red-coloured facades of the houses, making a deliberate reference to the colour of Pompeii red. Pompeii was a Roman city which was destroyed and buried following a volcanic eruption. This colour was painted on the walls of the houses of the excavated city to signify wealth. The term “Nummianus” is a direct reference to an inscription found on the floor of the remains of the Siricio house in Pompeii. Literally translated as coin or money, Steffi makes an ironic reference to homes as commodities and creates a memorial to the loss of communities.
“Nummianus” encourages us to reflect on the fragility and the resilience of life, specifically since these abandoned estates will be demolished in the future, disappearing, as did Pompeii.
The publication “Polo bound for Passaic” accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Mark Cousins and a conversation between Steffi Klenz, Jennifer Thatcher, Jeremy Till and Jean Wainwright.
The book will be distributed by Cornerhouse Publications and Schaden Verlag in Germany. The book can be ordered directly from them.
The relevant contact details are the following:
The book can be found in all good bookshops such as the ICA, Donlon Books, RIBA bookshop etc.
The book can also be ordered directly from Amazon.
The artist will lead an informal tour of her exhibition.
7 November 2009, 2pm
Please reserve your free place in advance by calling 01922 654400.