Funeral for Sadat

Funeral for Sadat
Dates: 
Thursday, August 19, 1982 (All day)

Funeral for Sadat

Artist: Joan Wilkinson

Date: August 19 to September 4, 1982

The exhibition consisted of a series of sculptures that were used as props in a performance of Sadat's assassination and funeral. Rather than presenting a moral or political point of view Joan Wilkinson explored the solemn festivity of the burial of a statesperson in the choreography of the performance and the materials of the sculpture.

 

Objects and structures represented the parade vehicles, the funeral chamber and other requisites of the funeral ritual. They appeared exuberant and alarming at the same time. "Formally", Wilkinson said, "I was interested in patterns, interior and exterior space, groupings of objects, planes, line and color." But more particularly, she investigated the connection between materials, signs and symbols through which in this work she yielded the themes of grief, death and power.