Leo Asemota: The Handmaiden
25 February – 20 March 2010
Incorporating fragments and found objects recovered from the renovation project at Edge Hill station during his residency with influences from the project’s first phase developed in response to his experience in Liverpool, Leo Asemota’s The Handmaiden is an installation for Edge Hill Station to mark the second phase of the project. This exhibition is part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic, a series of exhibitions and events that explores connections between cultures and continents.
Leo Asemota came into residence at Metal, Liverpool in July 2009 to advance his longstanding work ‘The Ens Project’. Primarily informed by the Edo people of Benin’s ancient ‘Igue’ ritual of Head worship, the British Empire’s invasion of Benin in 1897 and the essay “An Artwork in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” by the late German philosopher Walter Benjamin, the first phase of the project was concluded in 2008 with a sequence of performances in London: “ens memoralis” at the National Portrait Gallery and “The longMarch of Displacement” along the Victoria Embankment and at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Contained in four vitrines and governed by three drawings on vellum with lead, coal, orhue (kaolin), palm oil and beeswax, the creations unravel from myth, folklore and contemporary history, the origins of “The Handmaiden”, a being central to the completion of “The Ens Project”
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), The International Slavery Museum, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Metal, Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Writing on the Wall, Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre and Liverpool University.
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