2 - 6pm, Sunday 29th Sep

Frieze East End Afternoon

Hew Locke - Where Lies the Land?

In Locke's fifth solo show with the gallery, the artist delves deeper into his motifs, addressing the symbolism of statuary, monarchy and ships.

Locke remains dedicated to illuminating histories and geographies – highlighting the relevance of the past in contemporary culture and politics. The work explores the visual languages of colonial and post-colonial powers and looks to reassess the figureheads and imagery representative of nationhood.

For this exhibition, which takes its title from a nautical poem by Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough, Locke has created a new installation of suspended boats – a continuation of the artist’s longstanding exploration of ships each embellished with objects and cargo that can be seen as allegories of voyages made by explorers, colonialists, migrants, traders, refugees or pirates.


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