Press release: 17 Oct 2016

Iniva and Bluecoat present major Keith Piper exhibition


Harold Offeh ‘Choreograph Me’. 2016. Still from performance presented by Iniva on the occasion of the London Art Fair. Performance 21. Jan 2016


Exhibition unveils a new Arts Council Collection 70th Anniversary Commission

 This October, artist Keith Piper will return to Bluecoat, Liverpool's centre for the contemporary arts, with a major solo exhibition presented in partnership with Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).

Unearthing the Banker's Bones (28 October 2016 - 22 January 2017), will comprise three new large-scale works spanning installation, digital works and drawings that address current anxieties about the impacts of globalisation. It will be the most substantial presentation of the artist's work in nearly two decades and celebrates the longstanding relationship between Piper and the two institutions which began over three decades ago.

Lending its title to the exhibition, the centrepiece of the show will be a new Arts Council Collection 70th Anniversary commission comprising of three synchronised high definition video projections, which depict a narrative of economic and social collapse - Unearthing the Banker's Bones (2016). Drawing on extracts from apocalyptic works by Octavia Butler and Mary Shelley, the film employs a science fiction device which invites viewers to imagine the excavation and dissection of modern life from a future point in time. Alongside the film, ‘physical evidence' such as ledgers belonging to the banker of the title, will be displayed. These objects play off against the unfolding narrative of the film.

After premiering at Bluecoat, Unearthing the Banker's Bones (2016) will become a permanent part of the Arts Council Collection where it will available for loan to museums, galleries and other spaces nationally and internationally.

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