Anna Berry presents Manifest Identity, an installation exploring the topological manifestations of the human form and its multiplicity of identities. Experimenting with how one can visualise that which is invisible, hidden, unseen, the work questions how our city’s geographical context conditions the ways in which we inhabit it; but equally how our forms continue to impress upon and shape the city long after we have gone.
The work uses a series of postcards showing iconic sites across Milton Keynes. The cards offer literal representations of the city in which I live, however my experience of this place has forged an alternative map of MK. In response I have crafted a series of interventions into this cityspace. I work and mould these cards around a group of mannequins. These mannequins act as display objects presented a narrative about these absent forms, locations, times and spaces in order to consider what happens when we have gone, moved on from a site, what imprints have we left in that space and in what ways do we still remain and inhabit this world after we have gone.
Manifest Identity is therefore a metaphor for, but also an honouring of, those who no longer traverse the streets of Milton Keynes, considering how remnants of their bodies live on, coagulate and stick to objects like dust in static. What manifests through the empty shells of the mannequins is a dimensionality hidden from the tangible world and a physics of form and narrative that speaks of an alternative map of time, space, identity and corporeality.
Anna's installation is viewable Friday 14th - Sunday 23rd September at The Old Bus Station
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00
Suggested viewing times:
Sunday 16th September between 14.00-17.00pm, travel can be supported by The Coach Trip - Tour 3 ticket.
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This work has been commissioned by Tracing the Pathway as part of their project Groundwork, a cross-arts platform and research project for and about Milton Keynes.
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