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artist: harold offeh







image credit harold offeh, pinatopia, 2013. commissioned by pavilion.

event title: pinatopia


date : saturday 12th april

time : 12.15pm – 1.15pm

location : walled gardens marquee

staged at temple newsam house, harold offeh's pinatopia is an ostentatious display of wealth and power, with roots in empire and capitalism, centred on the pineapple as a status symbol in the eighteenth century. through a playful spectacle, reminiscent of carmen miranda's exuberant carnivalesque performance in the gang's all here (1943), offeh exchanged the modern banana for the baroque pineapple that was historically grown in hot houses at temple newsam. having had a taste of pinatopia in the walled garden, at dusk, audiences were escorted towards the ornamental temple folly to bear witness to mount folly.

the performance and film was commissioned by visual arts organisation pavilion and brought together an extensive research and workshop period with the follies of youth, a group of young people who explored the history and politics of the temple newsam landscape, designed by lancelot ‘capability’ brown.

the commission was supported by the heritage lottery fund and leeds inspired.





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