C-print mounted on aluminium with .32cm acrylic front
102 x 152 cm
Edition of 3 with 1 exhibition only print and 1 artist proof
Courtesy of the artist
At 10pm on a cold, dark, March night, dressed head-to-toe in black and carrying an 8-foot fluorescent lamp, American light artist Vicki DaSilva danced and looped between people in Trafalgar Square. The moving light, transported gracefully by DaSilva, was captured as a long-exposure single-frame photograph, producing the beautiful and ethereal Trafalgar.
Da Silva is credited with creating the term ‘light graffiti’ and uses this approach to make social and political comment. Writing in light, her activism has included commenting on the incarceration and mistreatment of Ai Weiwei and lobbying for Obama by ‘writing’ on the White House. Indeed, it was while she was in London for a humanitarian art project, commissioned by Oxfam to highlight the loss of electricity in Syria, that DaSilva produced Trafalgar.
Other works have featured prominently in the public arena too including Jasmine/Never Sorry displayed on billboards ten storeys high in Times Square in 2012 and, in 2015, East River Flows – a 60-ft long photo banner – was installed along New York’s East River Esplanade.
Hedge, issue 37, September 2015, pp42-48