Exhibition in Hayward Gallery has a secret behind it that wasn’t quite understood

Taken by Georgina Blackwell

A free exhibition made by Emmanuelle Lainé and supported by Fluxus Art Projects opened in the “HENI Project Space” in Hayward Gallery however the message wasn’t quite understood.

The exhibition opened on the 25th of October and will close on the 24th of December, it is open from 11am until 7pm every day except Tuesdays when it is closed and Thursdays when it is open later, until 9pm.

The exhibition is specific to the site and is called “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist!”. Lainé has covered spaces with familiar objects, organic materials and life-sized imagery to make it feel like an unsettling and disorienting environment to explore industry, display and contemporary workspace.

When walking into the exhibition you see are familiar objects spread all around a room. Objects such as suitcases, shoes, jackets, desks, notepads, mugs, nuts, pens, apples, water, toothpaste, headphones etc. It all seems a bit random, until you go to the back of the room and see it all come together with blown up photographs. This affect however does not seem to be successful as there were many people walking into the room, having a quick look around and then leaving, thus not really exploring the exhibition and finding the big picture.

Taken by Isabella Ehrlicher, showing the hidden meaning!

When talking to those who really looked around the exhibition, the comments were very positive. One young girl Isabella Ehrlicher said “I think there is so much hidden in this exhibition that you don’t see in the beginning” and another interesting comment was from a woman called Launa Cunningham who said “Clever, disorientating”, which matches up with what the artist was trying to achieve.

Lainé definitely seemed to get her message across to those that took the time and effort into understanding the exhibition, however did she possibly take a risk by hiding the part that brings the exhibition together at the back, for people to have to find rather than not immediately see?

Georgie