Ilona Sagar | Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong

30 September – 2 October, 12 – 6pm, 2016
Preview: 29 September, 6.30 – 9pm
DKUK Salon, 20 Holdrons Arcade, 135a Rye Ln, SE15 4ST

To coincide with Art Licks Weekend, The Ballad of Peckham Rye is pleased to present Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong, a new audio work that addresses the changing intellectual and political landscape of public health, produced by The Ballad of Peckham Rye. This new work will be accompanied by archival material shot at the Pioneer Centre in the 1930’s, courtesy of the Wellcome Trust.

You can listen to the audio walks here:

The Peckham Experiment: A study of the living structure of society

Dr Felicity Thomas, Cultural Contexts of Health, University of Exeter

Pioneer Health Foundation and Peckham Vision

Ross Exo Adams: Nomos of the Body

This new body of work looks at the history and social significance of the Peckham Experiment, a holistic model of healthcare, which aimed to cultivate community wellbeing from 1926-50. It uses the radical Peckham Pioneer Centre, as a lens through which to examine ideas of health, welfare and wellness, exploring interactions between collective understandings of common good and individual wellbeing.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye and Ilona Sagar have been shortlisted for this year’s Artquest Workweek Prize. This is the first in a series of research events produced in partnership between the artist and The Ballad of Peckham Rye, which will culminate in a moving-image installation ‘Correspondence O’ at the South London Gallery in 2017 supported by a Wellcome Arts Award.

Ilona Sagar received her BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (2008) and her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (2012). Using a diverse range of media spanning performance, film and assemblage, she has formed a body of work, which responds to the social and historic context found in the public and private spaces we inhabit.

Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong is supported by a Wellcome Arts Award. It is kindly hosted by DKUK Salon and part of the Art Licks Weekend 2016. With special thanks to The Pioneer Health Foundation and Peckham Vision.

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