HATS ON! – A Lockdown Performance – Ann-Marie LeQuesne

Two women walk across the road towards the camera. On the left the woman wears a Snoopy Hat; on the right she wears an upside-down fast- food bucket as a hat with a mask and curled red ribbons.
Two women walk across the road towards the camera. On the left the woman wears a Snoopy Hat; on the right she wears an upside-down fast- food bucket as a hat with a mask and curled red ribbons.

Warren Street Station, London – 20/12/20   

HATS ON! was to have been the 23rd Annual Group Photograph. The plan was to cross the road, as a socially distanced group, wearing unusual hats, masks and winter coats. Then COVID intervened… so I asked participants to cross the road where they live and send me their videos. These have all gone into a base video filmed with my phone at the original location. The resulting work shows surprising synchronicity and unlikely encounters. Videos came from ENGLAND: London, Peterborough, Hastings, Norfolk; SWEDEN: Stockholm, Norrahammar, Värnamo; USA: Wisconsin, New York, Iowa, Colorado; FRANCE; SCOTLAND and TAIWAN. 

The average distance between participants was 507 miles.

www.theannualgroupphotograph.com 

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Ann-Marie LeQuesne stages performances with groups of people in public places. Her invitation to participate is open to all. Performances are filmed and then reinvented according to the material at hand. Rather than looking to a theatrical tradition, she is interested in performative rituals, everyday actions, performed out of context. In the Pandemic she has found new ways to collaborate with participants, often at great distances. Walking, particularly as a procession is an ongoing interest.