Victoria May Thatcher

2019-2020

Wood, Ceramic

the history behind Victoria May Thatcher. “In 2016 I was invited by curator Sevie Tsampalla to a show in Liverpool. I didn’t know the city, but was immediately impressed by its architecture. The houses have such beautiful ceramic ornaments that I took a mold of a part of the facade at night. This is reflected in the bottom part of this work, the title of which refers to three strong women from the history of Great Britain. ” “When I told Sevie that I was so impressed, she took me to a neighborhood outside the center. That’s exactly where I ended up in an apocalyptic series. Unreal. All beautiful houses that had been closed up. The houses were built during the time of the arts and crafts movement, a social movement and art and industry movement from the 19th century in England. Business leaders built beautiful houses for workers with the motive: if we build good houses for them, they function better. When workers revolted against Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher’s regime in the 1980s, they were expelled from their homes. By making rents unaffordable, the aim was to keep the rebels small. The result is that entire neighborhoods are still ghost towns today. ” the work was made during a recurrence at the european ceramic work center in the Netherlands

a Special thx To:

Curator Sevie Tsampalla, Isabelle Bostyn, Sander Alblas, Ranti Tjan, Nico Thöne, Katrin König, Linda Barkhuijsen, Bianca van Baast, Yves Brandsma, Annette van den Hout, Jorgen Karskens, Debbie Lutter, Monique Ouwers, Leslie Segeren, Tjalling Mulder, Pierluigi Pompei, Marianne Peijnenburg, Peter Oltheten, Rinke Joosten

Photo:Matthias Desmet

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