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Bildmuseet: Ellen Angus explores artist’s role when deprived area is turned into hip


Ellen Angus, a master student at the Academy of Fine Arts at Umeå university, spent weeks in Softlab to finalize her master project. You can see her final results, the installation Keep Calm and Carry on Hackney, at Bildmuseet. If you want to see her live, she will do a duration performance every day 11-14 May and 18-21 May between 12:00 and 13:00.
"The installation is about branding, advertising and consumerism. A feeling of seduction. And underneath it something darker", says Ellen.

Hackney, a suburb to London, where Ellen Angus lived before coming to Umeå, has inspired her to her master exam project.

"Hackney was considered the second most deprived area in England, until 2012, when it underwent drastic changes and was turned into a hip area. The changing demographic of the place and my role in the changes interested me", says Ellen.

Ellen has spent weeks in Softlab - an Innovation lab for textile experimentation, digital fashion and wearable technology - to finalize a hand tufted carpet for her installation.

"I have been working on a Hackney exorcism carpet in Softlab. I wanted to capture all these small little rituals, the symbols of Hackney, that signifies the changes and the hope for fortune. A feeling of seduction, but underneath it something darker and nerving. The installation is about branding, advertising and consumerism", says Ellen.

Her original plan was to order the carpet from a manufacturer, but then she decided to make it herself, by hand, something she does not regret.

"I enjoyed working with the material and it fitted much more into my project, to hand tuft it. The tufting gun I worked with has a funny feeling of almost drawing. First it was difficult to handle and then I got an intimate relation with the tool", says Ellen.

"I would love to cooperate with Sliperiet in the future, it was a great place to work at, because the facilities and the fantastic support from the Staff at Softlab".

Read more about the exhibition Fool´s Gold at Bildmuseet:

and about the events related to the exhibition: