London Procession, curated by Hayward Gallery and conceived by Marinella Senatore, will begin at the Battersea Power Station and move north throughout the night culminating in a finale at the Hayward Gallery. Please see the schedule below for detailed times and information.

This large-scale participatory performance, devised specifically for Art Night, takes its inspiration from public ceremonies, civil and religious rituals, working-class gatherings, mass events and street musicals. Merging forms of protest, dance, music, theatre and sporting activity within a temporal framework of celebration, Senatore’s work highlights the emancipatory power of communal creative processes. This is especially relevant in the context of new urban developments and the impact of collective formations on the social history of places and communities.

Senatore’s approach emphasizes non-hierarchical learning, self-training and the creation of an active citizenship through informal education. Participants of all ages, skills, and backgrounds from local communities have been invited to work together with Senatore as collaborators in The London Procession; contributing something that is reflective of the needs and wants of their community.

Palermo Procession
Installation: 4 banners, 2 monitors, 150 portraits, oil on paper
Dimension determined by the space
Installation view at Chiesa SS. Euno e Giuliano, Palermo as part of Manifest12
Photo Francesco Bellina

Palermo Procession
Public performance within the framework of MANIFESTA12, Palermo
Photo by Andrea Samona’

“Art can instigate small changes, when it starts with respect and moderation,” said Marinella Senatore, an Italian artist who assembles public performances based on gestures of protest. On Manifesta’s opening weekend, her “Palermo Procession” saw 300 participants including children, dancers, majorettes, and marginalized groups like prostitutes and mentally ill people, gathering at City Hall.

They marched, sang, and danced behind blind residents of the city that Ms. Senatore chose as parade leaders, snaking through the historical center for four hours, picking up hundreds of Manifesta visitors, tourists and rogue performers along the way. It was joyous and loud and empowering. “At the moment, the biggest issue, politically, is to learn how to stay together,” Ms. Senatore said. “The participants say we changed the city that night.”

The performance and the exhibition as a whole honor Palermo’s multilayered history, its problems and its potential. But they also remind us that coexistence can be celebrated, and needn’t be feared.

by Kimberly Bradley from The New York Times