CHECKMATE OR THE POLITICS OF ILLUSION, 2017
Wood, rope, and metal barrels with 6-channel audio installation inside / 94 x 94 x 110 in. (2.40 x 2.40 x 2.80 m). Installation view, Chalton Gallery, London.
Wood, rope, and metal barrels with 6-channel audio installation inside / 94 x 94 x 110 in. (2.40 x 2.40 x 2.80 m). Installation view, Chalton Gallery, London.
Wood, rope, and metal barrels with 6-channel audio installation inside / 94 x 94 x 110 in. (2.40 x 2.40 x 2.80 m). Installation view, Chalton Gallery, London.
Wood, rope, and metal barrels with 6-channel audio installation inside / 94 x 94 x 110 in. (2.40 x 2.40 x 2.80 m). Installation view, Chalton Gallery, London.
Wood, rope, and metal barrels with 6-channel audio installation inside / 94 x 94 x 110 in. (2.40 x 2.40 x 2.80 m). Installation view, Chalton Gallery, London.
Wood, rope, and metal barrels with 6-channel audio installation inside / 94 x 94 x 110 in. (2.40 x 2.40 x 2.80 m). Installation view, Chalton Gallery, London.

Checkmate or The Politics of Illusion is a precarious installation consisting on a simple stagelike structure made of wood and supported by metal barrels, which resembles both a medieval theatre stage and an execution platform that the audience could activate by entering from above and from below. Documents and a sound-piece by artist Masato Kakinoki helped trace connections amongst effigy-burning traditions in Great Britain and Latin America, pinpointing the defiant character of such rituals.

Curated by: Lassla Esquivel
Sound piece: Masato Kakinoki (abirdwhale)
Construction: Kenji Takahashi and Liam Cahill

Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico
Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico
Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico
Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico
Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico
Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico
Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico
Images from Medieval theatre stages, Guy Fawkes Night and Burning of Judas in Mexico

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