Lost Text/Found Space

Cary: The Mariam Cycles

Cary: The Mariam Cycles

 Images courtesy of Jamie Smith

Images courtesy of Jamie Smith

In 2013 we created Cary: The Mariam Cycles, at the Copeland Gallery close to the Bussey Building in Peckham. We were working with Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam, which is the first play to be written and published by a woman in the UK. We were interested in the way that women playwrights exist below the radar in the British archive, despite the very unique perspective their plays bring. When we found this galery space, we became interested in what might have happened if Cary had been born in another age, pursued another art form. We imagined the gallery as a 'counterfactual imaginary' - a world in which Cry was a celbrated artist, and the Copeland Gallery celebrating her in amajor retrospective. We created installations, tour guides and performances around this, interweaving  visual world of women artists' work with Elizabeth Cary's playworld, creating a playful, haunting installation-cum-performance.

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