Artist / Leo
Leo uses video, sculpture installation, text, photography and painting and first made banners during a residency in Barnsley in 2004, ‘To commemorate the 1984-85 miners strike and the mining communities of Barnsley’. He listed the names of all the local pits that were closed down. For many people in the community, this banner became a commemorative object for a lost tradition and culture, a portable memorial that keeps a notion of loss and historical change in the public realm. In his series ‘The Trouble With People’ he uses twigs and pressed flowers. They might be pages out of a herbarium, with faint pencil notes under each plant – until one reads them. Each page is inscribed with the title and their consecutive number in the top left corner, each plant is marked with these sometimes very personal ‘troubles’: “They have nowhere to go”, “They have nowhere else to go” and “They should get out more”.