If you’re in London and looking to wile away an hour or so, make a point of sauntering towards Covent Garden and dropping by the Peace Camp photography exhibition at the Poetry Cafe, Betterton Street (directions).
Not only will the stunning photography (some of which consists of entries Amateur Photographer magazine competition) act as a powerful reminder of one of the myriad of events in last year’s Cultural Olympiad, but the intimate setting will make it all too difficult to resist the opportunity to grab a coffee too.
Peace Camp was a installation of glow in the dark tents erected in dramatic locations along the UK coastline, produced by creative company Artichoke. A soundscape pumped through each installation completed the ‘set’. Visitors to each installation were invited to take pictures or respond with poetry which was later curated online. Photographers were also invited to submit their pictures to a competition, some of which feature in the exhibition in the Poetry Cafe.
The exhibition is a welcome opportunity to revisit a joyous period of time in the UK’s recent history when anything was possible. Peace Camp (like the bouncy-Stonehenge at Greenwich) was a refreshingly inclusive endeavour that secures a special place in our collective memory of 2012.
The Peace Camp Photography Exhibition runs from 10 June – 13 July 2013 at the Poetry Cafe, Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX (map). A full gallery of pictures is available on the Amateur Photography website.
Peace Camp was created by Deborah Warner in collaboration with Fiona Shaw. The accompanying soundscape was by Mel Mercier with sound Design by John Del’ Nero. The installation was produced by Artichoke.
Artichoke’s next event is Lumiere 2013 in Durham & Derry-Londonderry later this year.