Exhibition: 'The Lost Files' - a new sculpture by Al Johnson
Exhibition 'The Lost Files' runs from 5 May to 23 September 2018 - open Wednesday to Sunday, 1-5pm.
Artist Al Johnson’s new sculpture 'The Lost Files' is an installation that explores the experience of the conscientious objectors of World War One.
There were 350 COs from Haringey who - for moral, religious or political reasons - refused to participate in the War. This work offers a glimpse into how it might have felt, at great personal risk, to stand against the conventions of society. It is a homage to those brave and principled men and women. The Lost Files suggests an office that has been subject to desecration. Twelve white wooden containers that could be the drawers from lost filing cabinets, are scattered, piled or propped around the space, suggesting abandonment and disrespect. Each box considers an aspect of war resistance, utilising a variety of media: sculpture; found objects; sound; archive material and photographs.
About the artist: Al Johnson is a politically-engaged sculptor; her work responds to recent history and the interplay between politics, power and the collective memory. Her sculpture has been widely exhibited, and is held in both public and private collections.
This exhibition is part of the project 'Conscientious Objection Remembered - the Hidden History of Haringey's WW1 COs' by the Haringey First World War Peace Forum. The group researches the lives of conscientious objectors and their supporters in Hornsey, Tottenham and Wood Green, now the London borough of Haringey.
The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the ‘First World War Then and Now’ programme.