Why you should go see this year's Tate Britain Winter Commission, Remembering A Brave New World

Hey lovelies!

There aren't many things that compel me to write a blog post these days - evidently as it's been a while! But seeing this year's Tate Britain Winter commission Remembering A Brave New World by Chila Kumari Singh Burman, inspired me to put pen to paper, or rather fingers to a keyboard.

Art galleries are closed at the moment here in England, meaning there aren't too many opportunities to get your well-needed art fix. So you can see how I ended up walking for an hour and twenty minutes, past major roads and over the Thames, just to get a glimpse at this eye-catching piece.

The first thing that catches your eye are the bold neon lights - my immediate favourites being the tiger and ice cream truck, the latter a real favourite with little kids getting their photo taken. But as you look closer you start to notice more and more details such as the Bollywood stars adorning Tate Britain's doors. 

Indeed this piece is a bit of a cultural collage combining Hindu mythology, Bollywood, colonial history and her own personal memories of Blackpool lights and her father's ice cream truck. The installation was launched to coincide with Diwali, the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and new beginnings which seems very fitting as a message for this year where we've all been searching for the positives. 

There is so much to pick out from in this piece, including the words 'I'm a mess!' adorned on the top of the building which sums up a real sentiment of this year, and Britain. The statue of Britannia that sits at the top of the building is replaced by Kali the goddess of creation and destruction. Burman's aim was to takeover the space of Tate Britain, to shake things up and challenge the Neo-classical facade steeped in Britain's colonial past.

Hope can be found in in the neon lights and vinyl, and a welcome escape from reality. Remembering A Brave New World will be around until 31st January, and I encourage you to take a look if you get the chance. 

1 comment

  1. This is a really cool art installation! And I feel you, I do miss a good art gallery!



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