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Tanoa Sasraku: O’ Pierrot

LUX, London

3 April 2020

While museums around the world are shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibition openings will be replaced by a selection of digital initiatives providing virtual access to art and culture.

Originally staged at LUX in north London, the film- (and flag-)maker Tanoa Sasraku’s new exhibition takes its title from her recent film O’ Pierrot (2019). It tells the tale of a clown named Pierrot Mulatto, whose goal in life is to catch to a giant sycamore seed, thrown each day by Harlequin Jack, a black man in whiteface. Exploring themes of race and identity in 21st-century Britain, the film is now available to watch online, alongside another work of 2018, Whop, Cawbaby, which is set in the Devon countryside and considers the significance of rural landscapes to English identity (until 1 May). View the online exhibition on the LUX website – and then why not read Robert Barry’s recent piece for Apollo on watching the films, along with other moving-image works, at home during lockdown?

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Still from O‘ Pierrot (2019), Tanoa Sasraku

O’ Pierrot (still; 2019), Tanoa Sasraku. Courtesy the artist

Still from O‘ Pierrot (2019), Tanoa Sasraku

O’ Pierrot (still; 2019), Tanoa Sasraku. Courtesy the artist

Still from O‘ Pierrot (2019), Tanoa Sasraku

O’ Pierrot (still; 2019), Tanoa Sasraku. Courtesy the artist

Still from O’ Pierrot (2019), Tanoa Sasraku

O’ Pierrot (still; 2019), Tanoa Sasraku. Courtesy the artist