Gillian Wearing (1994) Dancing In Peckham

A girl in a shopping mall dances alone, without music; swaying to private rhythms audible only to her. British shopping precincts are the last redoubt of the lonely and the desperate, and have become the public day-wards of the Care in the Community scheme. Which is why no one stops or pays any attention to Gillian Wearing, doing retro dance steps in the Peckham Arcade. After all, she might be crazy, and the mall is no longer safe, no longer a place where you can let your kids wander. A camcorder witnessed the event and in Wearing’s entertaining, disturbing, voyeuristic show, the image emanates a tawdry, urban calm.

Quote from: accessed 28/12/2011


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