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The Perfect City
Start Date 29/06/2007
End Date 12/08/2007
Location London 
Country United Kingdom 
Description A major new work by Keith Piper funded by Film London at PM Gallery

Special In Conversation event: Wednesday 18 July 2007

Throughout the summer, PM Gallery will present the first public showing of The Perfect City, a major new video installation by internationally renowned multi-media artist Keith Piper.

Displayed as a large-scale diptych, the installation is a series of densely constructed video montages capturing the obsessive fabrication of a model city which its maker describes as a ‘Perfect City…which embodies the memory of all cities before it’.

This ‘memory’ is compiled through research of historical archives. Starting with an examination of the mythical biblical city of Babel - the first city of human history in which ‘diversity’ was introduced into the world - an increasingly conspiratorial trail is charted through to the catastrophic events of 11 September 2001.

Footage collected from locations as diverse as London, Shanghai and the Caribbean is interwoven with a dense collage of found footage and hand drawn imagery to describe an imagined archetypal cityscape.

The Perfect City will be screened in PM Gallery, the extension to Pitzhanger Manor, the ‘dream house’ designed by Sir John Soane. Also on display will be a series of Piper’s paintings, drawings, models and objects, generated throughout the production of the video installation.

Keith Piper is multi-media artist, curator, educator and writer of international renown, whose work evolves through extensive research of official archives, innovative use of multi-media and a commitment to writing as a creative process. History and, specifically, the re-writing of history have always played a significant role in his work.

His large-scale video installations have often explored the areas of identity and exclusion and for over twenty years his work has been acclaimed for its rigorous exploration of issues around the construction of racial and cultural difference. Keith Piper’s work is in museum and gallery collections in the UK, USA and Europe. Current exhibitions include video installation The Abolitionists’ Parlour at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, and the Uncomfortable Truths Contemporary Works exhibition at the V&A Museum, which includes Piper’s work Lost Vitrines.

The Perfect City
Keith Piper in conversation with David A Bailey
Wednesday 18 July - 7.30pm
Free Entry – Call 020 8567 1227 to reserve a place
This evening is an opportunity to contribute to an informal in-conversation event, with two internationally recognised artists.

The discussion will cover the themes explored in Keith Piper’s video installation The Perfect City, to unravel and reveal his motivation and fascination with cities. It will also be an opportunity to discuss Piper’s work – including painting, photography and video - from the last twenty years, during which time he has commentated consistently on black subjectivity.

David A Bailey is an international photographer, writer, curator and lecturer. His work focuses on issues relating to black representations in the area of photography.

The Perfect City at PM Gallery, Ealing.
Dates: Friday 29 June–Friday 12 August 2007
Opening Times: Tuesday-Friday & Sunday 1-5pm; Saturday 11am-5pm
Admission is free to all visitors
For further information or 020 8567 1227
PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ
Travel: Trains and tube (via Central or District Lines) to Ealing Broadway. Buses 207, 65 & 83.


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