A new commission by London-based artists Milo van der Maaden and Imran Perretta who work with video, sculpture and performance. Pale News is a theatrical script and musical score, devised by van der Maaden and Perretta in collaboration with local LGBTQ community members.
Performed at the Bandstand in Victoria Park, van der Maaden and Perretta’s new commission responds to the history of the park, often referred to as the ‘People’s Park’. As the first purpose built communal green space in London, Victoria Park was established in 1845 to promote public health for local factory workers whilst also increasing their productivity.
By incorporating plants as props, van der Maaden and Perretta draw on the park’s tradition of distributing free flowers to the working classes during the 19th century. Further reflecting on the park’s history as a site of political activism, Pale News explores the potential of collective action in a contemporary climate marked by division.
Drawing its formal aspects from Western oratory traditions and Bengali folk-theatre, the performance is enacted alongside a live musical score played on the harmonium. Comprised of news articles and personal stories, Pale News presents individual and collective experiences of precarious housing and labour conditions and the normalization of xenophobia, particularly in the post-Brexit moment. At the intersection of these concerns around gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religion, Pale News also reflects on pinkwashing. In this phenomenon LGBTQ rights are used to market a seemingly liberal attitude of tolerance, but in fact further marginalise local minority groups within current anti-immigrant and Islamophobic discourses.
To read the full script of Pale News please click here.
Milo van der Maaden (b. 1986, Oss) Lives and works in London and Amsterdam. Milo received an MA from the Slade School of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions include the unutterable thing Rowing, London (2016); in Spite of the Mass, Acme Project Space, London (2015); Devotions, MOT-International Projects, London (2015); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, World Museum, Liverpool and ICA, London (2014–15).
Imran Perretta (b. 1988, London) Lives and works in London. Imran received an MA from the Slade School of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions include 5 percent CPH Art Week, Christianshavn Station, Copenhagen (2015); Devotions, MOT-International Projects, London (2015); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, World Museum, Liverpool and ICA, London (2014–15); The Red Mansion Prize, Dyson Gallery, RCA, London (2014).
This event is produced in partnership with Tower Hamlets Parks and
Open Spaces Department.
Chisenhale Gallery’s 21st Century programme 2015-16 is supported by
Marie and Joe Donnelly.