In the context of her Artist-in-Residency program, the Saatchi Gallery invited Kate Daudy to respond to the Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition, which just opened at this prestigious gallery. Her brief was to open discourses on the key themes of life and the afterlife, and the legacies we leave behind.
Daudy’s multi-media installation – It Wasn’t That At All – draws on her own relationship with home, identity, faith, absence and loss.
STUDIOS Architecture and Agilité Solutions collaborated closely with the artist and the Saatchi Gallery Director, Phillipa Adams designing and producing an exhibition instillation, which brings the stories of Ancient Egypt alive in modern London.
Beyond just setting up the exhibition in record time, the challenge was also to create an immersive experience for the visitor enabling them to travel through a variety of interconnected mental landscapes imagined by the artist.
The stage setting is simple and pared back allowing the artist the flexibility to redraw the space at will, so that each visitor can trace their own journey through the dialogue set up between artist and pharaoh. The exhibition is made up of a strict modular system of planes and volumes. These are scattered in the space but bound together by the minimalist aesthetic they share.
Modules combine to compose the various chapters in this meditation on the nature of life and death, one which draws on the past and looks to the future.
Commenting on this experience, Kate Daudy said: “I am incredibly passionate about making ancient Egypt more broadly accessible and I am extremely grateful that STUDIOS and Agilité shared this commitment to making the ambitious installation a reality”
Artist-in-Residence, Kate Daudy in dialogue with Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, Saatchi Gallery, Londres, until May 3th 2020.
November 08, 2019