The Case (2019~) is an experimental ‘micro~museum’ raising questions about which objects are worthy of being collected, which system(s) we use to group them, and which narratives arise when they are displayed together. Launched in collaboration with Culture&, exhibitions are curated with students on their New Museum School programme, as well as guest artists and contributors. Set up in an antique vitrine, the displays exist simultaneously on Culture&’s digital platforms.
The Case: Vitreous Stories
Vitreous Stories (2019) was a collaborative response to Vitreous Bodies, a Culture& intervention at the Pitt Rivers Museum. This project involved the installation of two persons, and a series of objects, within one of the museum’s iconic Victorian vitrines. Through the placement of objects, Vitreous Bodies drew attention to the links between colonialism and museum collections, and the ways in which displays reinforce the Western gaze.
For Vitreous Stories, I invited each contributor to provide an object that holds a story. These items were curated within The Case, generating new and unexpected relationships. Like the stories uncovered through collating items in Vitreous Bodies, Vitreous Stories was an experiment in how new narratives might be formed from old ones, placed in relationship to one another, via the objects that contain them.
The Case: St Andrew's Crossbreed
St Andrew’s Crossbreed (2019) was a series of assemblages reflecting on experiences shared by persons of colour with Scottish ancestry. Through the placement of objects, the work interrogated hidden historical narratives, ideas around cultural dissociation, and the sense of confusion and unbelonging that can arise from being a person of mixed heritage.
"The Case... raises questions about which objects are worthy of being collected, which system(s) we use to group them, and which narratives arise when they are displayed together..."