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An exhibition that’s BOUND to be of interest

8 August 2007 by Sam

Exhibitions officer Lucy Johnson is a handy person to know if you want the news on what’s coming up at the art galleries. Here’s an update she sent me on the latest exhibition that she’s been working on:


“Emily Stainer, a South African artist, has been installing her artwork ‘Menagerie’ in room 14 at the Walker this week. This intriguing installation is part of the BOUND exhibition. BOUND is a contemporary art project led by curator Predrag Pajdic, which explores human enslavement from a historical perspective through to the modern day.

people installing bird cages in a gallery

Emily installing the works at the Walker with assistance from her father, David

‘Menagerie’ is made up from many unusual items, including Victorian style birdcages with mechanical limbs and mounted owls trapped inside them. The sound of the old fashioned clockwork mechanics, the curious Victorian objects and the dim lighting create an uncanny display.

The Walker is the first gallery outside of South Africa to show ‘Menagerie’. Each time it is shown, the set up of the objects differ depending on the space in which they are situated.

The BOUND exhibition is being shown across other venues in Liverpool, including FACT, Tate Liverpool and Open Eye Gallery. It opens this Friday (10 August) and runs until 20 October 2007. The exhibition is then moving to London.

Emily will be giving a talk about her installation this Saturday at 1pm at the Walker and again on 11 October.”

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