Commission partner: Manchester International Festival x ANU
Description: Clemency was a performance and installation piece that was a part of bigger city-wide collective performance curated by ANU.
On 16 August 1819, 60,000 people flooded into central Manchester, peacefully campaigning for the right to vote – but when armed troops charged into the crowd, 15 people were killed and more than 600 were injured. This was the Peterloo Massacre, and it changed British democracy forever.
Keisha worked with assistant artist, Mark Croasdale, to create Clemency – inside an ambulance, a paramedic on a break faces up to the consequences of her choices. What makes someone worthy of care today – and what made them worthy 200 years ago?