Saluting the Chosen Few



Exhibition

An Exhibition Between the Olympics and Paralympics

curated by Jolanta Jagiello

14th-23rd August 2012

What does it mean to be amongst the Chosen Few? This exhibition explores this concept, and includes I Wish I Were an Astronaut by Abilene acknowledging the achievement of astronauts, from Gagarin to Neil Armstrong and others along the decades, who go through such a difficult process of selection, their resilience and discipline make them seem almost super-human. Two sculptures entitled Liberty by Tesni Bornemann illustrate the dynamic twist of the body intended to both embody and symbolize the strength and endurance displayed by athletes competing in the Olympic Games. Whilst an installation, Amputee Advantage by Jolanta Jagiello, commemorates the achievements of double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius aka Blade Runner who has blurred the boundaries between the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and will make history by running in both.

Buildings That Might Fall by Lorenzo Belengeur explores the damage and destruction done in the area in order to build the stadiums and facilities temporarily needed for an Olympic city. Whilst on the other hand, Desiree Ickerodt’s three Perspex boxes, arranged like a podium, draws attention to the material properties of medals - Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Debora Mo celebrates in her installation the mere fact of being alive makes us winners - the odds at conception of our little runner beating all the others to the egg makes us so. In that race we are all equal, after which being born a women is an unequal race. The focal point of show is based on the cult of the Magna Mata (Great Mother) by Lorraine Clarke probably the oldest religion of all. The worship evolved through the millennia, with the goddess, deeply connected to nature and fertility – responsible for both creating and destroying life – remains a symbol of the powerful female forces in the universe Saluting those Chosen Few.

Please join us the Private View on Thursday 16th August 2012, 6pm-9pm at the Posk Gallery, www.poskgallery.org, when Lorenzo Belenguer will present TESTIMONIES, a project part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and invite you to add your testimonies throughout the evening. More information can be obtained from www.LondonersTestimonies.com.

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saluting/lorraine_saluting.jpgMagna Mata
by Lorraine Clarke
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saluting/tesni_saluting_andromedia.jpgAndromedia
by Tesni Bornemann
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saluting/tesni_saluting_spiritofthegames.jpgSpirit of the Games
by Tesni Bornemann
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saluting/desiree_saluting.jpgGold, Silver, and Bronze
by Desiree Ickerodt
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saluting/mike_saluting_cauldronsync.jpgCauldron, and Sync
by Mike Hoath
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saluting/mike_saluting_dancedive.jpgDance, and Dive
by Mike Hoath
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saluting/elisabetta_saluting.jpgIt could be you
by Elizabeta Chojak-Myszko
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saluting/jolanta_saluting.jpgAmputee Advantage
by Jolanta Jagiello
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saluting/abilene_saluting.jpgI Wish I Were Astronaut
by Abilene
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saluting/lorenzo_saluting.jpgBuildings That Might Fall
by Lorenzo Belengeur
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saluting/debora_saluting.jpgWhen I was just a little sperm I asked my mother what will I be
by Debora Mo
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saluting/terry_saluting.jpgSet me free
by Terry Brown
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