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© motiroti 2006

© motiroti 2006

motiroti - Priceless

  • 7-27 August 2006
  • Event
  • Location: Ships gallery, second floor; institutions and public spaces in and around Exhibition Road (no longer on display)

Priceless was a multi-site arts project featuring video and graphic installations exploring the barely audible and the barely visible in and around Exhibition Road. Commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery and the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, international arts organisation motiroti worked collaboratively with renowned artists, nine partner cultural institutions and over 350 people who live or work in the area.

Each institution was asked to select something of great value or importance, and local groups were invited to share their own special objects, stories and memories inspired by the institutions’ choices. The project resulted in video installations, mobile exhibitions, a graphic installation in the South Kensington Station foot tunnel, artist-led guided tours and a large-scale public launch event on Exhibition Road.

Forty women from the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre were invited to the Science Museum for a Priceless road show, a live intervention with Palestinian singer and musician Reem Kelani. Participants explored themes of migration and displacement through song and storytelling, and shared their stories of love, loss and longing on camera and sound. From this source material the artists created a powerful and lyrical video looped and presented on a screen in the Ships gallery.

About the artist

motiroti is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning arts organisation, led by Artistic Director Ali Zaidi, that progresses ideas on identity. Its work is led by participation, new technology and design. motiroti's Priceless collaborators were sound artist/activist Poulomi Desai and painter turned film-maker Daniel Saul.

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