Dainis & Iveta Vucens with They Are Here, Chinese restaurant, Ilford, April 2013
‘I’ll Bring You Flowers’: The story so far. . .
Opening Thursday 2 April 2015, 6 – 8 pm
3 – 19 April 2015, Tuesday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RT
In July 2012, collective practice They Are Here responded to a classified advert printed in the Russian language newspaper Angliya. It translated as:
“Everyone needs to eat and occasionally present flowers. For both you need money. I don’t have money because I don’t have a job. Help me find a job and you’ll be presented flowers.”
The author was Dainis Vucens, aged 55, who moved to London from Riga, Latvia in 1999 and now lives in Ilford, London with his wife Iveta. Over the last three years They Are Here have befriended Dainis, assisting his search for work that he finds meaningful, in a non-exploitative environment. In doing so, they have begun to explore their own relationship to work and notions of exchange.
This exhibition makes public the ongoing dialogue between Dainis and They Are Here, alongside their research and conversations with others. The space at Centrala will also act as the setting for a series of new conversations around ‘I’ll Bring You Flowers’, in turn feeding into the future development of the project.
They Are Here is a collective practice steered by Helen Walker & Harun Morrison.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England & the London Borough of Redbridge