love shine light

November 17, 2020

Images of Tate Britain dressed up in neon lit up my Instagram feed yesterday. For years, I walked (and sometimes rollerbladed) along the Embankment to visit the likes of Hogarth, Reynolds and Singer Sargent. Afterwards, my friends and I would sit on the steps outside smoking cigarettes and staring at the Thames. I had no idea what a privilege it was to grow up surrounded by so much culture and beauty. It was the city I’d lived all my life in. It was what I knew. London may not be home anymore, but there’s no place quite like it. Even as the city enters its second lockdown, the show goes on. This month, the Tate revealed its winter installation with a joyful celebration of Diwali created by artist, Chila Kumari Burman. The words, “remembering a brave new world” appear in lilac bubble letters across the Neo Classical facade. Peacocks, evil eyes and magic wands are among the many technicolour motifs on display. The Corinthian columns are wrapped in fairy lights and the front doors are covered in posters of Bollywood stars. “It’s important to critique buildings like this because they’re very Eurocentric,” Burman told Dezeen. “So, I just thought: why not do something that captures what we’re all going through right now? I felt like it needed a blast of joy and light. And Diwali is about good over evil, about hope, unity and the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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