‘Child’ is a new major three screen video commission and film set installation at Eastside Projects by Chicago-based William Pope.L.
The installation creates a journey though the sets of the film, requiring the spectator to ‘seek out’ successive sections of the story. The exhibition draws on the existing context of the gallery and its surroundings, combining with cinematic references to create an epic artwork about a small troubled family, coping with the long absence and return of the father.
William Pope.L’s art involves a variety of approached centred around performance. Often placing his artistic identity in the context of his stateside home Pope.L has a history of engaging with accepted, clichéd and charged cultural motifs, frequently challenging established thoughts on racial difference and ‘blackness’.