The Past is Singing in our Teeth suggests that artworks, objects and sound can serve as an umbilical cord back in time, thus functioning as an intermediary into the past; in this case a fictional past reinvented in the absence of women’s histories.
The work, will be reimagined for the space at Civic Room, including a two-channel film projection, incorporating sound, the opening night performance and sculptures and a salt-laden floor. Filmed in four UK locations – the Welsh Borders, the Kent coast, One Tree Hill and a Hampshire lake, as well as film sets (memory rooms) constructed in the artist’s studio, the exhibition traces the journey of a young girl as she rediscovers a heritage of knowledge and power.
On the opening night percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir has been invited to activate McMillan’s sculptures, bringing a voice to the silent objects that punctuate the exhibition with a score developed in collaboration between Cat Hope and Kate McMillan.
Sponsored by Arts Council England, British Council, Oran mor, Carson and Partners, Australian Gov and Australia Council for the Arts.