Croydon Plays Itself
2019 Turf Projects, Croydon, UK
Croydon Plays Itself takes as its starting point a selection of objects from Museum of Croydon’s display. Invited by Turf Projects to respond to artefacts from the Museum of Croydon’s collection, Offeh was initially drawn to figures and objects from Croydon’s history: composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, sexologist Havelock Ellis, Jakson’s Lavender oil and the promotional materials accompanying the 1993 edition of Croydon’s Pride festival. Offeh’s approach was to think about how these histories might make points of connection with contemporary Croydon.
The exhibition installation sought to use conventions of retail display – in part influenced by Turf’s current location within Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre – to present objects, artefacts, performance and video to audiences. The project invited Croydon to re-visit and re-animate aspects of its own history.
Photos: Tim Bowditch.
Croyden Keeps Turning C-Type Print available from TURF