Re~construction Signs (2020~) is an ongoing project that first arose during the Covid~19 national lockdowns, within a year of global pandemic, climate emergency, racial injustice, heightened inequality and division.
On my allotted daily walks, I began creating miniature interventions around my neighbourhood, signposting plant growth in unlikely places. Referencing yellow safety signs, the works became tiny protest placards: the earth itself calling for change, or announcing change is coming, or perhaps that it is already here in ways unseen and unexpected.
Re~Construction Signs ~ In the Neighbourhood
Re~Construction Signs ~ Leicester City Centre
The project was selected for the UK New Artists: City Takeover in February 2022. Taking place in Leicester ~ the first area to go into local lockdown ~ and on the cusp of Spring, this iteration became a way of exploring an unfamiliar place for signs of life and potential. Throughout the festival, residents and visitors were encouraged to see the city in new ways and share signs of hope encountered.
Re~Construction Signs ~ Olympic Park
In Summer 2022, the project was developed for Utopia/ Dystopia: Getting Back to Normal, commissioned by gal~dem and V&A East for the new East Bank. Situated in the Olympic Park, Newham, signs were placed in languages spoken by local communities. Against a backdrop of large~scale redevelopment, the artworks were subversive in their smallness, questioning which legacies are visible, whose voices are heard, how organic change happens, and who decides what the future looks like.
Participation and Workshops
Integral to this work, I’ve developed a range of community engagement projects inviting audiences to participate and respond.
Renewal in Paradise was a sign~making workshop in local park, Paradise Gardens, bringing residents together to make and place their own symbols of hope and healing.
Drawing Connections was a workshop for young people from Leicester/shire, imagining new ways to see the city and printing collective maps on plantable paper. This included a seed~bomb and sign~making activity pack, for planting new life along their paths and bringing renewal to their own neighbourhoods.
"Kerr's works... are subversive in their subtlety, questioning which legacies are visible and which voices are heard, as well as who decides what the future looks like."