Carrie Reichardt’s new exhibition for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents a radical perspective on Anne Hathaway, the woman who married William Shakespeare, and a playful exploration of how consumerism, popular culture and social media are changing the way we view and interpret history.
Irreverent and funny, provocative and political, Carrie uses her trademark mixed media, ceramics and mosaics to breathe life into her vision of Anne as a passionate, quirky, modern woman. She casts Shakespeare as entrepreneur, impresario and popular entertainer, ‘a bit like a Tudor mix of Del Boy Trotter – ducking and diving - Madonna, and the Big Brother series’. Vintage souvenirs, Shakespearian merchandise and pre-loved items are re-made with a new twist to re-imagine the couple for the cell phone-toting, selfie-taking era.
Carrie is the first visual artist-in-residence to be commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The residency is supported by Arts Council England as part of the charity’s wider programme of creative and community outreach events to help more people get up-close-and-personal with Shakespeare’s works, life and times.
#ShakespeariAnne opens on 25 September at the Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Carrie said, “This is a dream project because Shakespeare is a global icon, and he covers everything in the human experience. By contrast his wife is an enigma. Until I started working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust I had no idea that Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare’s wife, although I’d been using souvenir plates of her famous cottage in my work for years. I became fascinated with how different versions of Anne have been made to fit whatever we want Shakespeare to be. I hope this exhibition gives her a strong voice and encourages people to look at Mr and Mrs Shakespeare rather differently.”
Watch the trailer for #ShakespeariAnne.