‘WE ARE’ ….at The Ugly Duck

 

After months of planning, The Kitchen Table Collective, who previously gave us 1x Tab Breakfast, poached egg, no mushroom 1x sides, sausage: New Stories from the Tabernacle, have expressed a touching and thought provoking exhibition through the eyes of immigrants.  The incredibly diverse quintet of Artists including Emma Mudgway, Claire Tipy and Alexia Villard successfully gave us a very personal look at the alien experience in the UK through their art.  ‘We Are’ can be seen today at The Ugly Duck Gallery at 47-49 Tanner Street in Tower Bridge.

We are here until the afternoon collecting great thoughts and insights to see what it feels like to be an immigrant.

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We’re going in.

 

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Claire Tipy and Sarah Tilotta’s collaboration, ‘Where Do You Think I Was Born’, seen in motion. Each actor contributed their own heartfelt monologue and drew us totally in.

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Alexia Villard captures in a self portrait, the very personal expressions and emotions of a couples interaction affected by the immigration system.

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Emma Mudgway’s portraits use a combination of detail and information through angles to describe each individual’s geographical journey and plight to get to the UK.

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The Immigrant’s journey mapped by Emma Mudgway.

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The show is an excellent combination of thoughts, words, comedy and frustrations centred around a word that quite accidentally causes our culture to identify with the world around it. After laughing and comparing my own past experiences of feeling inadequate in the face of a growing judgmental society and my questionable potential and contribution,  I felt well and truly represented and connected to each separate piece of work. I can say in truth that my only regret is that this production was not witnessed by a preponderant crowd of politicians in the even more dramatic theater of 10 Downing Street.

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The Collective. Claire Tipy, Emma Mudgway, Sarah Tilotta and Alexia Villard.

 

In a sentence, this was total satisfaction on all fronts, gratifying of every raw emotion a person would hope to feel plus more in a customised loft setting. British; No such thing.

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The incredible cast: Sam Blake, Niamh Branigan, Siobhan Cha Cha, Madeline Cunningham, Elizabeth Lloyd Raynes, Isambard Rawbone, Zheng Xi Yong with Claire Tipy.

Angel Lewis.

For more  information and forthcoming events go to: http://www.thekitchentablecollective.uk/

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