Monday, December 17, 2012
Deptford X Revisited
Hew Locke's Gold Standard was a public art project as part of the 2012 Deptford X festival back in August, displayed on the Old Tidemill school building in Frankham Street SE8. I meant to post about it at the time, but didn't get round to it - so rather belatedly here are some images from it, in the spirit of documenting things I like even if it takes a while!
The images are derived from old share certificates, decorated by the artist with Pan-Africanist and other motifs that pose questions about these imperial enterprises. So the Lion of Judah appears over a certificate for a French-owned Ethiopian railway company.
The Electricity and Ice Supply Company, operating in Egypt, has its certificate redecorated with images of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the dead.