Streets of Gold celebrates migration with Motiroti installation works at Museum of London

By Ben Miller | 20 January 2012
An image of a colour illustration of people involved in the slave trade
© Courtesy Museum of London
Exhibition: Streets of Gold, Museum of London, London, until April 15 2012

From the Barbican to the Melbourne Festival, arts-focused multicultural champions Motiroti have done much to broaden public horizons during more than ten years of absorbingly diverse creativity.

An image of a black ink illustration of a temple
Between Water and Wind by Golbanou Moghaddas
© Courtesy Museum of London
For their latest idea, they've made four artworks at the Museum of London, using objects from the venue’s collection to highlight the positive impact migration has in the UK through the work of five young artists.

Iranian Golbanou Moghaddas has spun a print from the museum's collection into a large-scale wall installation, Between Water and Wind, adorned with images and scripts conveying a sense of transience and travel.

Scottish-Barbadian Alberta Whittle introduces See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil – merging the misappropriation of images from Transatlantic slavery with travel souvenirs – and James Voller, a New Zealander, combines original images from the Blitz with the words of the Christchurch earthquake victims, observing how cities rebuild themselves in the aftermath of disaster.

Bojana Jankovic, from Serbia, and Dana Olarescu, from Romania, have also given playscripts from the ephemera vaults a "breath of fresh air".

"The display is a reminder that London has been built on successive dreams of newcomers," says Creative Director Daniel Saul.

"London has always been a magnet for young artists," adds curator Francis Marshall.

"This show is an exciting opportunity for the artists to reflect on London’s history and take a fresh look at the Museum’s collections."

  • Open 10am-6pm. Admission free. Motiroti is asking Londoners to take part in the exhibition and help Alberta Whittle to form part of her artwork. To take part, answer the question "when does London become home for you?" in two or three sentences, Tweeted to @motiroti or via www.facebook.com/motiroti.
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