The Milk Float Pilgrimage
Umi Baden-Powell’s practice is wide ranging and crosses between sculpture, film and installation. Artistically informed by the temporary shacks and agricultural lifestyles of her Dominican (Commonwealth) ancestors, many aspects of her identity play a role in her work.
Baden-Powell confronts the current and foreboding dystopias of contemporary life with works that display a kind of nomadic utopia. For her nomadism isn’t necessarily a way to resolve these problems but a means of chipping away at certain power structures that provoke them. Umi Baden-Powell is currently based in London studying at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
For the Nomadic Village Baden-Powell will travel from Central London to Wolsingham in a converted Morrison 1957 electric milk float converted into an urban living space, spanning into the realm of public sculpture. There are hints of the trickster tradition in this approach - mimicking the parasitic nature of the city itself – Badel-Powell’s structures ‘feed’ off the abundant resources that they protest against. The float will transport Baden-Powell to the Nomadic Village and then turn into a temporary gallery to exhibit the work created via her journey, with film projector powered by solar panels.