Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore in 2011, Eyes as Big as Plates has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging to nature.
This performance is the culmination of a week’s work, during which the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth have been working with older people from Leeds and West Yorkshire.
Inspired by the Romantics’ celebration of imagination, each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place.
The natural world acts as both content and context in this work, with the characters literally inhabiting the landscape. The production of each image further involves a certain collision of temporality: the fleeting instant of the photographic moment, the more ‘mythic’ time created within the image and the participants’ mental transition as they become one with their wearable sculpture and the surrounding natural landscape.
Eyes as Big as Plates is produced in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics and ninety-year old parachutists. As active participants in our contemporary society, these older people encourage the rediscovery of a demographic group too often labelled as marginalized or even as a stereotypical cliché. It is in this light that the project aims to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.
Eyes as Big as Plates is part of the Junture festival of contemporary movement, theatre and film in Leeds.
Eyes as Big as Plates
The Tetley, Leeds
8 Mar, 4.00pm (and earlier at 2.00pm)
Limited capacity; advance booking essential
Phone 0113 243 8765 or online