Peter Liversidge: Notes on Protesting

17 Mar – 14 Jun 2015

Whitechaple Gallery


What if we could change the world?

Inspired by ideas around demonstration and protest, British artist Peter Liversidge (b.1973) worked with sixty children on a performance staged at the Whitechapel Gallery, on May Day 2014. Together they created songs, choreography, banners and placards which expressed their views on everything from ‘No More Homework’ and ‘Our shoes are too tight’ to ‘I Don’t Like Cooked Tomatoes’ and ‘Less trucks and cars. More chocolate bars!’

This exhibition includes a film of the performance, alongside documentation of the workshops and rehearsals. Over four months Liversidge worked closely with children aged 8 to 9 years old from the Marion Richardson Primary School in east London to discuss community, commonly held ideas, and the power of collective voice.

Supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Original performance commissioned by the Emdash Foundation and realised in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.




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