Exploring in the Whitechapel Gallery

Helen Cammock: Che si può fare

The expression of loss and mourning is central to the history of vocal music. Artist and winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2017-19 Helen Cammock creates a new performance exploring women’s laments across histories and geographies and how they might express survival and resilience.During a residency in Italy, Cammock learnt to sing seventeenth-century Italian opera and was drawn to the plaintive words of Che si può fare (what can be done), an aria composed by Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1677) and to the compositions of Francesca Caccini (1587 – 1641). Cammock sings Strozzi’s music with a jazz trumpeter to revive her legacy through her own voice, and performs in a movement piece set to music by Caccini with a group of local women to connect early Baroque-era lament with contemporary sorrows and resistance.

Whitechapel Gallery

Destruction and Reconstruction

I have visited the exhibition of American-Iraqi Michael Rakowitz, who gains his cue from historic architecture and some objects made by human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest, to create fascinating(enthralling) environment.

This air-inflation installation absolutely captures and holds my attention. I are able to observe the development of deconstruction and reconstruction of buildings in a short term, simultaneously feeling the air’s going out and in acoustically.

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