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Dancing in Peckham
Dancing in Peckham
Gillian Wearing 
Artist 
Gillian Wearing
Title 
Dancing in Peckham  
Date  
1994
Medium  
Betacam videotape
Edition No  
One of an edition of 10.
Acquisition  
Purchased from Maureen Paley / Interim Art, November 1997
Number  
17286/1
Description

Gillian Wearing's video "Dancing in Peckham" shows the artist dancing in the middle of a south-London shopping centre. Members of the public walk past, bemused by her behaviour or ignoring her completely, as she moves to the music of Nirvana and Gloria Gaynor, played only in her head. Wearing is interested in the boundaries of what might be considered "normal" behaviour and the lines between private and public. The idea for "Dancing in Peckham" came to Wearing when she saw a woman dancing wildly at the Royal Festival Hall in London, unaware that other people were mocking her.
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