Art as Political expression
Photographs of Live Art by Panni Poh Yoke Loh on exhibition as part of Festival of the Mind, in the Ignite Imaginations and University of Sheffield Crick Centre's exhibition at Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS.
18th-20th September 2014
To Be, in male/female balance
This project came about because a gender imbalance occurred around the Spital Hill area of Sheffield, with many more men on the streets and in the cafes than women. This Live Art intervention was for women to simply ‘be’ peacefully in the area in public places and cafes, to ensure more women feel comfortable and safe walking through and being in the area. I documented the intervention by photography and video and gathering quotes from men and women.
East-West, Spirit Earth Exhibition
The exhibition was held at Sylvester Space. Members of the public were invited to view the exhibition and invited to participate in the duet conversation tables and public installation of thoughts and prose.
Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, U.K. I held tea talks with people of diverse backgrounds at the 7 exhibition sites of the work from 21 different countries from Asia. The art was the live element plus video & photography & paintings that recorded the interactions. During the 3 month residency local school children were also involved and as a finale scattered the dried tea leaves from all the tea talks as healthy compost into the earth of an especially planted tree to commemorate the residency.
Another City? Chinese Art Centre
On my artist’s residency, I was struck by the dominance of the built environment and whilst staying in a white cube gallery my own need for the natural world. Building a garden in the space I immediately felt more alive. Visitors were initially impressed by the beauty & fragrance of what they assumed to be an eastern garden but on closer inspection discovered the miniature clay buildings of Manchester City Library, Art Gallery, Urbis & Chinese pagoda’s and bridges set in the natural world.
Meditating on the city
This live art piece was carried out to consider the real challenge of gaining peace and balance within the urban environment and to create an opportunity for onlookers to consider stopping. Photographs by Hafsah Naib for a Decibel Arts Council commission.
Peace Prayer Flags
Postern Tower Contemporary Art Gallery.This installation was created by interacting with the people of Sheffield and York to make marks on a flag whilst thinking of peace. I stitched them together in the formation of Prayer Flags to send out this good energy into the world but in positive respect of the people of Tibet’.
Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festiv
Burngreave is a vibrant rich area of many cultures and to celebrate this I initiated this festival. For me creating the Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festival was like painting a painting, it came from the same creative source. It was a colourful work of live art that I am very pleased to say lives on and grows. The joy of the festival was in seeing people of diverse cultural backgrounds meeting together in celebration a local green space, as they took their important place in its creation.
I directed videoed and photographed this event on Ellesmere Green, Sheffield, U.K. with 20 different people of different ethnicities, cultures and faiths men and women to demonstrate and express the desire of people different from one another to meet with each other, gain understanding and to create peace and harmony.