Past, Present, Somewhere
Kettle’s Yard is delighted to present projects and films by artists Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, who have worked under the name ‘Somewhere’ for almost twenty years. This is their first solo exhibition since they were awarded the Northern Art Prize in 2007.
Past, Present, Somewhere is a rare opportunity to see early video and web-based projects and watch the artists’ remarkable documentary films (screened daily). For the past year Somewhere have been part of the North West Cambridge Art Programme; working with Cambridge Archaeological Unit, the exhibition includes new work inspired by this collaboration.
Andrew Nairne, Director
“Let us take you to the Essex seaside in the 1940s, travel forward to a present-day Japanese farming village, walk around a local manor house in Tudor England. Come on a bus with us from a factory on the edge of the Thames to the Czech Republic and the start of a shoe empire. Make your way across Scotland to the Western Isles and, of course, come home with us. Finally, step into the future on your doorstep and try and see Cambridge in 2040.
You will find separate pieces and places here, but many themes that bind them together. The space between each project is elastic for us, like the time travelled in between and within each piece.
There are no expert opinions here, there are many anecdotes and much is made by amateurs. There is all of domestic, messy, mixed up life. Together we strive, alongside people we meet, to piece together the past and make a stab at the future. Most importantly we spend time now, in the moment, struggling with the stuff of ‘Somewhere’ and trying to record what this can look like.”
Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, 2014
You can pick up the lovely free Somewhere map designed by Koby Barhad at the show, which includes a new essay by writer David Crowley: the full text is available here too.
Massive thanks to Kettle’s Yard staff and volunteers for all their help with the work, especially Marie-France and Pete. We would also like to thank Koby Barhad, David Crowley, Kirsten Lavers, Chris Evans, The Prospectors, and all those who helped with the cob build & install - a hard 2 weeks!