One of the events that kicked off this year’s Frieze Week in London is a group show entitled Bedlam. Organized by Lazarides Gallery and The Old Vic Tunnels, the exhibition’s title refers to the term ‘Bedlam’, a term coined from ‘Bethlam’, London’s Hospital for the clinically insane. Bedlam at Old Vic Tunnels seeks to “creatively explore the term’s modern day usage to include the brutality long associated with lunatic asylums to a much looser interpretation indicative of a state of chaos, disorder and extreme confusion…” Exhibiting artists include Antony Micallef, Artists Anonymous, ATMA, Conor Harrington, Dan Witz, Doug Foster, Ian Francis, Jane Fradgley, Karim Zeriahen, Kelsey Brookes, Klaus Weiskopf, Lucy McLauchlan, Michael Najjar, Nachev, Tessa Farmer, Tina Tsang, Tobias Klein, War Boutique and 3D.
The Old Vic Tunnels is an underground arts and performance space beneath Waterloo train station. The venue consists of almost 30,000 square feet of unused railway tunnels. In 2010 The Old Vic Theatre Trust acquired Tunnels 228-232 from BRB (Residuary) formerly British Rail and transformed it into a venue that showcases productions, performances and installations.
Bedlam at Old Vic Tunnels, London, runs until October 21, 2012.
Bedlam / Lazarides Gallery at Old Vic Tunnels, London. Private View, October 8, 2012.
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