Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Andrea Hasler_EMBRACE THE BASE_Corn Exchange & New Greenham Arts_Newbury

In December 1982, 30,000 women joined hands around the base at the “Embrace the Base” event to protest against nuclear weapons being sited at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire. This year Andrea Hasler was commissioned by Greenham Arts to commemorate the Greenham Common Peace Camps, exploring the political, social and cultural context of Greenham Common. Hasler has taken the approach she used in her prize-winning work, Irreducible Complexity/Dual Act, which was supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund a couple of years ago, and applied it to new works in this exhibition: two life-sized tents and three new ‘figures’. Hasler has taken the intestine modelling used for Irreducible Complexity/Dual Act and applied this approach of exploded or exposed wax figures to a pair of tents, creatively exploring the consequences of a nuclear explosion, while retaining the notion of container, nurturing the concerns of the peace camps.