East London arts centre Rich Mix will host an exhibition, In Paradisum (in English: Into Paradise), to compliment the London Requiem on The Space, a brand new classical composition, by Benjamin Till, written in tribute to those who rest in the capital’s cemeteries and graveyards. This group of artists respond to the phrase In Paradisum through a range of media including installation, sound, painting and lens-based works. Drawing on a wealth of cultural backgrounds - spiritual and worldly they probe what Paradise means in our modern world.
Artists include Fine art Photographer Liz Rideal with her composition Disappearing Act: Marthe Callet (née Bailleul) 1896-1993, a documentary work recording her grandmother aging; German artist Ina Wudtke with her celebratory Parade for Carl Crack featuring decorated umbrellas calling to mind the Jazz funerals of New Orleans; and performance/installation/body adornment artist and writer Rosanna Raymond who presents new work. Her digital print Passport to Pulotu challenges the old-fashioned Western world’s impression of Polynesia being ‘Paradise’, with her modern interpretation of traditional beliefs.
Diversity Arts Forum (DAF) has been working with Rich Mix to realise this exhibition and their Director Pauline de Souza has a long-standing relationship with Rich Mix, as well as lecturing in Visual Theories subjects at UEL (University of East London).
Curator Philippa Edwards studied Fine Art at UEL. She graduated last year and has curated various exhibitions including The World in Our Eyes series. Pauline de Souza arranged her appointment to curate the show together with Stella Norris from DAF. Philippa explained they had an excellent response by artists originating from all over the world, including many from UEL. The final selection includes three artists who are studying, or have studied at UEL. She says “The title has resulted in a broad cultural mix of inspiration behind the works which include secular and religious themes, including multi-faith and spiritual interpretations of the phrase.”