When: Launching this month
Where: As yet undisclosed location in Central London
What is it?
March sees the installation of a skip in an as yet undisclosed place in central London. Not so unusual one might think. But this is a skip with a difference. This skip forms the heart of a new series of conceptual art events in the city. With themes of death and love, the series of installations will bring art to unexpected places.
The Skip Gallery concept is created by Catherine Borowski and Lee Baker, two artists and creatives whose idea was to take the mundane, the everyday and everyplace, and to reimagine it as the creative, the arresting and the inspirational. Skips are part of our everyday lives, providing the means with which we voraciously dismantle and renew our urban environment. They are so prevalent that we barely notice them. Yet they are imbued with the ideas of memory and jettison. They represent that which we want to discard, to forget about. There is a profound irony in the creation of artistic works, housed in a skip.
The themes of the project will embrace the urban environment and the re-use of materials. Skip is a new idea, a new type of arts space, offering an alternative to the conventional routes to art, for both artists and viewers.
Artist and creator Catherine Borowski was brought up in North London, a child of left-wing, academic parents. After her father left home, Borowski’s mother abruptly converted to Islam, and the artist’s work explores this dislocation and issue of identity.
While undertaking the Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj to Mecca, Borowski’s mother, who had then taken the Islamic name Aliyah, died in unexplained circumstances. As the Saudi government bars all non-Muslims from visiting Mecca, Borowski is not able to visit her mother’s grave. All she has is a scrap of paper with handwritten co-ordinates on it; the location of the grave.
The inaugural work will be entitled Na, I Don’t Want None of That Again, and is the first in the Skip Gallery series of 2017. It will be Catherine Borowski and Lee Baker’s response to mothers, motherhood, and to Borowski’s personal experience.
The event is due to launch on Thursday 23rd March with a firework display, proclaiming in explosive lights, a celebration of Aliyah’s life, a celebration of motherhood and a remembrance and cathartic moment for Catherine Borowski. The fireworks will spell out Aliyah’s name. This will be a celebration, a memorial service, and above all a cathartic moment for Borowski.
More info: Watch this space!