This week we went on a creative excursion to the V&A in London.
The exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution, was an experience of the late 60s covering fashion, music, graphics, politics and film.
It was one of the best exhibitions I’ve been to in a long time and was a huge curation. We took the audio tour which combined music from the era with video installations and it seemed as though we were transported back to the late 1960s.
It’s hard to describe the experience but I found it incredibly moving. At the end of the exhibition was a film collage of the last forty years. I felt my life flashing before my eyes as it seemed to reflect everything I had experienced through the decades and into the new century, having been born at the end of the 1960s.
And the sad thing was that what had started as optimism in the 60s has ended as consumerism as we acquire more material possessions and have lost interest in the common good, world peace and other messages from the era.
A final quote on the wall from Noam Chomsky summed it up…
“Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.”
I walked out of the exhibition feeling overwhelmed, tears in my eyes as I listened to the music of John Lennon as he sang Imagine.
A profound experience and one which I would highly recommend.