Tate Tanks

The newly open spaces of the Tate Tanks underneath Tate Modern are evocative and sensuous.  Half lit, smelling faintly of oil , raw and yet majestic, the surfaces bearing witness to a silent past. Patched and plastered,  the wounds of time.

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There are a series of events planned for the summer as well as a number of exhibitions. Part of Suzanne Lacy’s  moving work The Crystal Quilt made between 1985-1987 is a voice recording of older women talking of their personal experiences. They spoke of being invisible and unheard. Sitting listening in the womb like space of an old chimney shaft I reflected that nothing much had changed. Yet with the recent acquisition of this work by the Tate perhaps there is hope for at least a few.

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