Lindsay Seers goes from Zanzibar to London in Nowhere Less Now at The Tin Tabernacle

By Ben Miller | 04 September 2012
A photo of a young man in a white and blue sailor's outfit sitting in a dimly-lit room
Lindsay Seers, Nowhere Less Now (2012)© Courtesy Lindsay Seers
Installation Preview: Lindsay Seers – Nowhere Less Now, The Tin Tabernacle, London, September 5 – October 21 2012

Lindsay Seers’ discovery of a family photo of her great-great uncle, George Edwards, serving with the British navy in Zanzibar, has sent her on an evocative journey in his wake, taking the origins of East African witchcraft as a starting point on a bold journey encountering Arab princesses, English sailors and ancient inscriptions on Baobab trees as old as time.

Seers could barely have chosen a finer venue for such mystery – the Tabernacle had holy beginnings during the 1860s, but has spent the past 70 years as the home of a branch of the Sea Cadets, also standing as one of the final surviving corrugated iron chapels in England.

Nowhere Less Now has been designed specifically for the setting, linking her ancestor with Mina Bergson, a turn of the 20th century artist and occultist who was the sister of Nobel Prize for Literature winner Henri Bergson and born precisely 100 years before Seers.

The promise of unfurling narratives, then, seems certain to ring true through the tales of this idiosyncratic cast. Coincidence, chance, globalism and the evolution of image-making all play their part for Seers, her lens focused on turning points in history and a future where dates and photography have been rendered meaningless.

  • The Tin Tabernacle, Cambridge Avenue, London. Viewings take 40 minutes and are available Friday-Sunday 11.45am-7pm (1.45pm-7pm Wednesday and Thursday). Tickets £7/£5 (free on Wednesday). Visit the exhibition booking page for full details.
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