Alex Knell | 31-Aug-11 to 25-Sep-11
Taking on Literature's most challenging theme, Knell expands on the intimate language of love, rendering a distinction between the private and the universal. The library's visitors are invited to take a leap of trust and submit their love letters and emails for Knell to develop into stand alone text pieces.
The artist's intervention in the form of hidden messages interleaved between pages of the library's collection will later be bound into a compendium of open messages of hope, affirmation, joy - "a tonic for the nation", to reflect the ambitions of the first Festival of Britain.
A dedicated season of artists' books curated by KALEID editions. Twelve internationally acclaimed artists engage with the Saison Poetry Library's collection in a diverse programme of exhibitions, interventions, residencies and participatory events.
Prompted by the Festival of Britain celebrations, contemporary artists are given a rare opportunity to draw upon Southbank Centre's archives and re-consider British identity sixty years on.
KALEID editions represents 'artists who do books', advocating public library collections and an interdisciplinary approach to artists' books. Visit the Saison Poetry Library on the fifth level of the Royal Festival Hall to discover the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.