Pallavi Paul made a new installation, Terra Firma, for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge inspired by the secrecy and histories of the top-secret code-breakers of Bletchley Park. During her residency at Wysing Arts Centre, she visited and accessed archival material from the Bletchley Park collection for the new commission.
Terra Firma was installed as a ‘carpet’ in Gallery 8 of the Fitzwilliam Museum, amongst the collections of 16th to 18th century Spanish and Flemish art. With the upholstery acting as a textual landscape on which museum visitors could walk, the text on the carpet appeared like concrete poems. Pallavi Paul's work Terra Firma is now also part of the AV festival in a film installation as a new reiteration.
Terra Firma was co-commissioned by University of Cambridge Museums and Wysing Arts Centre. It was supported using public funding by Arts Council England and with support from Diversity Art Forum and the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. With thanks to Bletchley Park.
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