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Coming Out of That Past into Glistening Black

By  Anna Falcini 2016
Coming Out of That Past into Glistening Black is an exhibition that explores an oil refinery built on the Isle of Grain in 1952 by B.P. The oil company commissioned a film called ‘The Island’ made during the construction of the refinery. It depicted a critical moment in the Isle of Grain’s history, documenting a dramatic moment of transformation to the landscape and community of Grain. The artist discovered the film by chance and became fascinated by its depiction of Grain as it became altered by the indent of heavy industry. In her research she also came across the work of the academic, Mary Dobson, who in her book ‘Contours of Death and Disease in Early Modern England’, identified marsh parishes such as those of the Hoo Peninsula, as black spots. Drawing upon this idea of black spots, the work explores the infiltration of oil and disease in this unique landscape.

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