My seven year old son was thrilled to discover this interactive artwork at Tate Liverpool. The gallery staff said that we were about to enter a completely blacked out space, it was a room and the artist only wanted us to use the light from our camera phones or digital camera flashes to view the exhibition.
As the title of his work suggests artist Pak Sheung Chuen travelled around Malaysia, on a five day package tour, guided by his friends, whilst blindfolded. It was his first visit to the country and he says it will be his last, his only memories from the holiday are those of touch, taste, smell and sound. He took photos as he travelled around and the resulting images are displayed in the darkened room.
Pak Sheung Chuen’s work sits alongside a large photography montage by Martin Parr and work by Kadar Attia, Gilbert and George and Mark Wallinger in Tate Liverpool’s Thresholds exhibition. The exhibition explores powerful themes including British identity, migration and the global effects of regional conflicts.
Thresholds at Tate Liverpool until 7th April 2013 Free entry