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Didier Vivien - Cold Memories John Cornu - Sitting on the Fence John Cornu - Brume Société Réaliste Art Collectif - UN Camouflage Effie Paleologou - Water tank

Monument at the Undercroft

14 June - 3 August 2014

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Sainsbury Centre exhibition

Works on display in The Undercroft are part of the Monument: Aftermath of War and Conflict exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre.

The Undercroft in Norwich City centre, at the head of Norwich market, is itself beneath a First World War memorial, also designed by Edwin Lutyens. Dominating the space will be 193 camouflage flags by the collective Société Réaliste and an installation by John Cornu (1976-), of a cloud of 300 First World War horse-traps.

This is a particularly poignant monument in the context of East Anglia where many of the horses serving in the war were reared, and which as a consequence of that war, are now an endangered species. 

The exhibition in the Undercroft contains a number of participatory and interactive elements. Beneath the memorial itself, Marcus Vergette (1961-) is placing a bell Silence, Beat, Silence, which may be rung by visitors. Didier Vivien's work Cold Memories commemorates through albums, individual soldiers who died in the First World War. And taking the subject to a broader realm, Becky Shaw will create works interactively, working with the space to create new monuments out of old, using colonial aspects of the Sainsbury Centre's world art collection as a starting point.

Monument will also see the four institutions collaborating on a diverse events programme which includes conferences, events, publications, artistic performances and residencies, between February and December 2014.

The full programme of exhibitions, publications, performances and artistic residencies has been created in partnership between the Sainsbury Centre, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Calais and the FRAC (Le Fonds régional d'art contemporain Basse Normandie) in Caen as part of TAP (Time and Place), selected under the EU Interreg IV A France (Channel) - England cross-border co-operation programme.