TALK: Lost Libraries of The Silk Road: A Talk by Abigail Reynolds

Abigail Reynolds in the entrance to cave 17, the library cave, Dunhuang, China. 2016. Courtesy the artist.

  • Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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In 2016 Abigail Reynolds undertook a five-month journey, partially by motorbike, to 15 sites of former great libraries along the Silk Road. Beginning in China, she travelled through Uzbekistan, Turkey, Egypt, Italy and Iran to places where libraries have been lost to political conflict, natural catastrophe, revolution and war. 
In this way she encountered losses across the longest global route and over a huge span of time, from 291 BCE to 2011. Along the way, she recorded her impressions as well as the histories of these sites in writing for her book Lost Libraries, published in 2017 by Hatje Cantz.
In tonight’s talk Abigail will share details about the libraries, the inspiration for her journey and images that feature in the book she produced. She will also show the short (19 mins) film documenting her travels and consider what it means to be lost, the many ways of looking, and how this relates to her two works in British Art Show 9 - Elliptical Reading and When Words Are Forgotten.
Abigail Reynolds has a studio at Porthmeor in St Ives. Her art embraces sculpture, collage, print, moving image and performance, and much of her work is inspired by a deep love of books and libraries. 
Date: Thursday 17 November 2022
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: standard £6 / concessions £4 / free to UoP students via SPiA  
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British Art Show 9

8 October 2022 – 23 December 2022
Held every five years to showcase work of British artists who have made a significant contribution to international contemporary art, the ninth British Art Show (BAS9) returns to Plymouth for a second time.
This four venue, city-wide exhibition, welcomes 37 artists in total, including Abigail Reynolds, Cooking Sections and GAIKA who will show in The Levinksy Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fascinating programme of films, bite size gallery insights and evening talks.

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