Jelly on a Plinth – Memorials imagined for Liverpool
27 March 2010 – 6 June 2010
This spring Sudley House presents Jelly Mould Pavilions, a quirky and thought provoking exhibition by artist Lubaina Himid. The exhibition explores the challenges of commemorating the ongoing contribution of the people of the African Diaspora to the history, culture and fabric of Liverpool.
Jelly Mould Pavilions presents 30 Victorian ceramic jelly moulds, hand-painted and positioned on a diorama of a park, complete with to-scale model trees and people, with each mould representing a fictional monument. Illustrations on the jelly moulds are inspired by influential Black figures such as Martin Luther King, William Still, Dred Scott, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, all strong and unique figures in the civil rights movement . Lubaina’s inspiration also comes from brightly coloured textile patterns from all over the African continent.
Lubaina says: “I chose jelly moulds because the insides are beautiful and yet invisible. Although these jelly mould monuments will never be built, their purpose is to encourage the visitor to ask questions about the city’s history, how we can celebrate and commemorate the Black community or whether we do this already.”
Born in Zanzibar but raised in England, Lubaina Himid was one of the pioneers of the Black Art movement in the 1980s, a forum for artists exploring the social and political issues surrounding Black history and identity. With three of her paintings in the Tate collection her work addresses issues of painting and history, mourning such historical injustices as slavery while celebrating the pleasures of her own life.
In addition to the main exhibition at Sudley House there will be jelly mould interventions in the following venues: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Jackson’s Art Shop and Blackburne House in central Liverpool and the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead and Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral.
This exhibition is part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic, a series of exhibitions and events that explores connections between cultures and continents. Partners include the Bluecoat, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Metal, Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum, Sudley House and University of Liverpool.
© Lubaina Himid