Matthew Buckingham - Play the Story - 27 April - 1 July 2007

  • Ibrahim Guidara
Matthew Buckingham's new film and video works re-imagine the lives of pioneering figures. Mary Wollstonecraft appears as a ghost whose legacy is unsettled. Objects within the gallery space bring you closer to the action and her responses to the 21st-century.

Matthew Buckingham's re-investigation of history addresses present-day realities such as the impact of globalisation and colonialism. The Spirit and the Letter portrays 18th-century writer and social reformer Mary Wollstonecraft, using her own words and work so that she appears to reflect on past conditions from the 21st-century. It encourages us to consider what elements and social dynamics have changed and the way in which her legacy has and continues to be contested.