WIDOWHOOD

Buckeridge, Bronwen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0001-0406-0102 (2021) WIDOWHOOD. Matt's Gallery London, London. ISBN 978-1-912717-13-2

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Abstract / Summary

Where 27 pigeons raced from Matt’s Gallery in London to their home lofts in Kent on a Sunday afternoon in September 2018.

Widowhood. Jealousy. The Darkness. These are some of the closely held secrets and ritual practices used by pigeon racers to motivate their birds to fly faster on race day.

Taking its name from the racing strategy and Bronwen Buckeridge’s 2018 exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, Widowhood is an artist’s book comprising an extended race report, which documents the passage of the pigeons sprinting home from the gallery in London to their lofts scattered around the Kent countryside.

In the form of a parallel text, Widowhood tracks the movements of one of the widowed pigeons against the banter of the pigeon men waiting at the lofts for the birds to return. Gathering together images from the marking up and release of the birds on race day, this artist’s book is a poignant exploration of the private act of waiting, and a shared narrative of love, loss and longing.

Widowhood was officially launched with an event at Matt’s Gallery London in September 2022, and then at artist-led space D.U.S.T. in Penzance in December 2022. Both events comprised of a reading from the text and an ambient field recording of a pigeon loft.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pigeon racing, Ritual practices, Embodied knowledge, Dialogue, Wildness, Acts of waiting, Magic, Rural Communities, Non-human skill, Kinship, Field recording
ISBN: 978-1-912717-13-2
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing
Arts > Fine Art
Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing > Storytelling
Geography & Environment > UK
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Depositing User: Bronwen Buckeridge
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2023 10:45
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 20:03
URI: https://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/5247

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