Yuki’s House: Q and O(pinions), The Interactive Gallery
Marcel Haynes visited Yuki’s House in East London, taking a more than usually active part in an art exhibition. Meoshi Alleyne’s interactive exhibition asks the difficult questions, making the act of thinking the act of art itself.
Hidden amongst the urban labyrinth of East London, a humbly dignified exhibition can be found, encouraging anyone and everyone to engage in questions that we, as a society, sometimes put to the back of our minds. I wandered the streets of Shoreditch, gleefully embracing the 24 hour madness that is the London life, inhaling a vivid scent of culture and diversity, I trekked on further down the aisle of arts. Passing many a gallery on the way, I couldn’t help but peer into a few before my arrival.
Enter Yuki’s House, hosted by a young visionary Meoshi Alleyne, To Pimp A Butterfly blaring, pens and post- it’s at the ready. The exhibition was in full swing! Scattered evenly along the matted out white walls were an array of black and white printed photos, with people holding up very polarizing questions, so difficult in fact, that it took me nearly 2 hours to complete. Naturally the photography was taken by the exhibition host herself, focusing on a grainy, contrast heavy images, to expose both the light and dark of each individual question to the observer, a triumph on every front I’d say. I was sincerely greeted upon arrival and offered a refreshing glass of tropical juice, or, for those of a more fashionable taste, a glass of fancy wine.
The decorative distinction of the exhibit was it’s stripped back honesty, both in word and visual presentation. Despite the booming music and residual chit- chat bouncing off the walls, it felt as though the pictures themselves held dimensional properties; each question required me to either regress back to a period in time I had yet to revisit, or project forward to the future or review the present critically. An example of such thought goading came from the question: ‘Racism, sexism, homophobia, which one would you erase?’ there’s no true answer to this question, yet the situation pleads for an answer, the remaining questions followed suit, causing several brain stammers to say the least.
Luminous green, pink, orange and yellow post- it notes swarmed around the questions, each containing a unique answer from someone who had partaken in the exhibition. A favourite response of mine was to the question: ‘If happiness were a currency, would you be rich?’ to which someone anonymously responded ‘Broke as shit.’ The blunt, scrupulous honesty beaconed through, it enabled me to see both the similarities and differences I had with complete strangers. To see such variation from such a small sample space was incredible, I’m sure the gallery host will take great pleasure in reading all those bizarre and wonderful responses for herself.
Galleries of this nature do pop up from time to time, but not nearly often enough, perhaps the lack of such has lead to an overall artistic apathy within the young community. Questions of such magnitude that get the brain juices flowing are both provoking and enthralling, something that could have been found at Yuki’s House, the interactive gallery!