In 2010 artist Jackie Chettur was awarded funding through Stiwdio Safle, a programme run by Safle (the former national organisation for public art in Wales) on behalf of the Arts Council of Wales. Following the closure of Safle, Addo was engaged by the Arts Council of Wales to manage the project on their behalf and provide curatorial support to Jackie. Through this project, Jackie explored the intensity of first love through photography, colour, narrative and the language of the theatre, culminating in an interactive multimedia installation in The Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare.
2010 – 2011
Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare
Arts Council of Wales
Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
Arts Council of Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, University of Glamorgan and European Centre for Photographic Research Newport
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The Stiwdio Safle funding programme was established with funding from Arts Council of Wales to encourage innovative arts practice in the public realm by supporting artists to develop their practice in the public realm and encouraging private and public sector organisations to commission and engage contemporary artists in their programmes of work.
For this project Jackie Chettur developed ideas of theatricality that had begun to evolve from a previous body of work by exploring the intensity of first love through photography, colour, narrative and the language of the theatre.
Addo provided project management and curatorial support to artist Jackie Chettur on behalf of the Arts Council of Wales, including:
Working with young actors, Jackie Chettur created a series of photographic tableaux depicting an archetypal love story. The photographs, presented as a series of stereoscopic photographs, aim to celebrate the romantic and give the illusion that life is taking place within the image. Jackie spent time talking with theatre professionals at The Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare and working with young amateur actors to enact her love story. The settings to the story were elaborately crafted and consist of dramatic and colourful painted backdrops and handcrafted props.
Jackie also collected love stories and photographic portraits from visitors to the theatre. These real love stories and portraits were displayed with Jackie’s imagined love story in 3D images in an exhibition called A fall into grace, which occupied the auditorium of The Coliseum from 28th June to 1st July 2011.
Jackie worked with the theatre technicians to stage the work using lighting and the theatres PA. The images were displayed within 12 stereo viewers, half set out on the stage looking out to the auditorium and half set out in circle looking down at the stage. The audience were invited to wander through the theatre space to experience the love stories available through image, text and audio. The Coliseum provided match funding, both in kind and actual monies, to support the development and display of Jackie’s work at the theatre.
A closing event and discussion was held on 1st July 2011, at which Jackie discussed her work with Hamish Fyfe, Professor of Arts and Society, University of Glamorgan, Dr Helen Sear, Reader in Photography and Fine Art Practice at the European Centre for Photographic Research Newport and Jackie’s mentor for the project, and Anne Hayes Arts Development Officer-Regeneration, RCTCBC. The discussion enabled visitors to the exhibition to learn more about the work and also provided Jackie with invaluable critical feedback.
The title for the work is taken from David Batchelor’s book Chromophobia (2000), in which he says “Colour is both a fall into nature, which may in turn be a fall from grace or a fall into grace, and against nature, which may result in a corruption of nature or freedom from its corrupting forces” (p.71). Jackie has drawn an analogy between this fall into colour, or fall into grace, and the experience of falling in love, particularly the colourful, explosive and emotional rollercoaster of first love. This analogy was reflected in Jackie’s use of colour and theatricality in the presentation of the A fall into grace installation.