4 October – 17 December 2017, Wednesdays – Sundays 11 – 4pm

Exhibition tour: Thursday 5 October, 3pm

Drinks reception: Saturday 7 October, 2 – 6pm

David Panos, Fast Fashion, 2017. Courtesy the artist


Wandsworth Council’s Pump House Gallery presents an exhibition of recent work by artist David Panos. Based on ongoing research into the relation between cultural form, history and memory, the presentation examines the contemporary revisiting of motifs from the 1980s and 1990s, in particular from the ‘alternative’ and ‘rave’ subcultures.

Through the lens of the artist’s personal recollections of the period around 1989 (dubbed by political scientist Francis Fukuyama at the time as ‘The End of History’) the exhibition looks at the ways that fashion, dance and gestures have anticipated and reflected macro political and social change but also hold and transmit shifting meanings across cycles of revival. The work reflects on how twenty-first century digital media, industrialised ‘fast’ fashion and the deepening penetration of institutions into popular cultural histories transform how we might interpret and remember the past.

Bringing together a number of videos and installation elements placed in disruptive relation – ‘authentic’ archival material and digital compositing, choreography and online searches, contemporary club footage and abstract animations – Panos contrasts and collides different registers in a series of inversions that both extend and undermine his own memory and open up the horizon of a different future.

The exhibition is accompanied by a public programme of discussions, performances and activities designed in dialogue with the artist. On Saturday 21 October Misters of Circe and Josh GT will perform live music preceded by a panel discussion on subcultural music movements from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Further dates to be announced on this page. Booking essential.

This exhibition is supported by Wandsworth Council.

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