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It has to be this way² | 2010

It has to be this way²

Materials: Cardboard and wooden structure with steel platform. Cardboard tubes, cardboard star and diamond forms, wooden stairs, 22 minute HD video with 5.1 surround sound, masked projection onto an elevated circular screen. Monitor work on a plinth, free novel on shelves.

Lindsay Seers seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding the strange disappearance of her stepsister Christine Parkes who suffered memory loss following a moped accident in Rome. Taking her point of departure for It has to be this way² in old letters, her stepsister’s notes, her mother’s memories and a box of photographs, Lindsay Seers sets out to find the truth.

In this new work commissioned by National Gallery of Denmark and Mead Gallery, the artist’s investigations take her to Ghana where she, like Christine before her, travels in colonial costume with a video camera hidden in her military hat. She visits the slave fortresses scattered along the former Gold Coast, built hundreds of years ago by European colonisers and privateers including the British and Danish. The trauma of the country’s complex colonial past and the muted history of slavery become intermingled with Seers’ own traumatic family history, which involves not only the mystery of her missing stepsister but also her stepfather’s participation in diamond smuggling. This family drama is the subject of the video presented here on a television monitor.

Instead of providing a neutral viewing space, Lindsay Seers’ installations embed filmic imagery within structures from which the plot of the stories is derived. For It has to be this way², Seers employs an architecture resembling one of the derelict slave fortresses on the Ghanaian coast. The viewing chamber is a large-scale cardboard replica of the fort referring to the location of the events in the narrative and providing a theatrical/virtual space for the unfolding drama. Entering the building the viewer becomes implicated in these events as a participant.

Lindsay Seers' personal history intersects with overarching historical events just as the experiences and memories of the subjects – already multiplicitous and contradictory – blend into an extensive narrative web. A central voice in the work is the artist’s mother, Pamela Parkes. In a series of recordings made while under the influence of hypnosis, Pam reveals her guilt over past decisions. Beyond these personal narratives, Seers’ interest lies in the means employed to recount history, believing that the very act of observing and understanding events influences their course. The artist acknowledges that the technical tools used for recording a story – in this case video and stills cameras – actually create events/ history and therefore determine our experience of them. Seemingly innocent technical methods, often considered to truthfully capture our daily lives, are in fact powerful tools that shape us and alter the way we see the world.

Seers bases her work on archival research, investigations into photographic and filmic technologies and on historic events and artefacts, but alongside this ‘rational’ approach her work is equally governed by the pursuit of chance procedures and connections. She often lets others make selections from material that will determine the development of her work. The pool of images from which photographs can be selected are already related; the narrative is in a sense already written, but yet to emerge.

Based on methods of orientation that her sister used following her severe memory loss, Seers lets her creative process evolve according to omens/signs. Inspired by an image of a bee on one of the baroque manuscripts her stepsister had been studying, Seers decided that her working process during the making of It has to be this way² should be guided by the chance discovery of bees. Seers’ work was initiated by the discovery of a dead bumblebee in the garden of the National Gallery of Denmark on the way to a meeting with curator Marianne Torp, who was then asked to select nine numbers from a range of possibilities, not knowing that they corresponded to images in the Seers/Parkes archive. The archive includes material on Pamela Parkes’ life in West Africa, the subsequent travels of Christine Parkes in Ghana and her research into Queen Christina of Sweden, as well as some miscellaneous material from Seers’ previous investigation into the disappearance of her stepsister. The nine items selected by Marianne Torp were photographs of two colonial forts; two fetish temples; a fetish shrine; a postcard from Pamela Parkes addressed to Lindsay Seers; a photograph of Pamela with her brother Terry on board their yacht; and a photograph of Christine in colonial dress.

The novella that forms part of It has to be this way² is based on material gathered by the writer M. Anthony Penwill from a variety of sources including letters, the research files of Christine Parkes and Lindsay Seers and an unpublished novel in manuscript.
 

This introduction has been compiled by Marianne Torp and is based extensively on an essay by Ole Hagen exploring the themes and working methods of It has to be this way². The essay can be read in full on:

http://www.smk.dk/en/visit-the-museum/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2010/lindsay-seers/essay-by-ole-hagen/
It has to be this way² has been commissioned by the National Gallery of Denmark and the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick.

 

 

Lindsay_Seers.SMK gallery guide.pdf

/sites/www.lindsayseers.info/files/ole_hagen_essay.pdf