What does England stand for and what does it mean to be English in the 21st century? An ambitious and unprecedented collaborative exhibition has been staged at six galleries across Sunderland and Southampton to bring together a diverse group of artists to explore these fundamental issues.
Yvonne Buchheim’s Song Archive Project: Listen to England is a compelling video projection that explores the cultural complexities of contemporary England and its social history through song. To create the archive, Buchheim made a 10 day journey on public transport from Southampton to Sunderland asking locals she met along the way to sing a song from memory for her. The result is a rich and vibrant kaleidoscope of songs that reveal so much, in their many subtleties and nuances, about the multi-faceted nature of contemporary English culture.
England, Britain, portrait, Humphrey Jennings, identity, song, amateur singing, being English, popular culture, contemporary art