Folkestone Triennial

22 Juli 2021 00:00 - 02 November 2021 00:00

The fifth edition of Creative Folkestone Triennial is running from Thursday 22 July – Tuesday 2 November 2021, presenting around 27 newly commissioned site-specific artworks by internationally acclaimed artists, inviting you to explore the town and its urban tales.

Curated for the third time by Lewis Biggs, the 2020 Triennial, entitled The Plot, invites visitors to consider urban myths and their relation to verifiable realities: the gap between the story and the actuality.

The Plot uses three historic Folkestone narratives as a point of departure: St Eanswythe’s watercourse; the physician William Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood; and Folkestone’s industrial road ‘The Milky Way’. Referring to passages of movement - the movement of water, blood and goods - the exhibition presents artworks in public spaces across the town, along the various routes associated with these stories. 

The title suggests multiple meanings. Conceptually, a ‘plot’ can be a narrative or conspiracy; from a material point of view, it can also mean a plot of land, or to plot a course or graph – things that are mathematically verifiable. Observing the gap between personally verified experience and what is otherwise told or narrated, the Triennial urges viewers to consider the voids left behind by ‘fake news’ and ‘post-truths’.

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Image: Pilar Quinteros, Janus Fortress Folkestone, Co-commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021 and England’s Creative Coast Waterfronts with Turner Contemporary

Folkestone Triennial

United Kingdom

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