Live Art Bistro (LAB), Cross York Street, Leeds, LS2 7EE, UK
Exhibition open: 26th - 30th June 2012, 1pm–7pm and late night events Friday 29th and Saturday 29th June.
Bristow & Lloyd
Grimes & Jones
Beth J Ross
Trophy is derived from the Greek tropaion, translating as “of defeat” or “for defeat” and more generally “of a change” as in to turn or alter.
A trophy is an award recognising merit. In ancient Greece, the winners of the Olympic games initially received no trophies except laurel wreaths. In the local games, the winners received different trophies, such bronze shields and silver cups. Trophies in today's society are notably awarded for various sporting achievements as cups, bowls, mugs, plaques and statues usually made of metal, wood, marble, glass or plastic.
Historically, trophy refers to arms, property, or human body parts captured in battle and hung upon a tree or a large stake made to resemble a warrior. They were mementos commemorating the victories of war; commemorating death of the opponent. Naval victory trophies sometimes consisted of entire ships or their remains laid out on the beach. To destroy a trophy was considered a sacrilege.
Nowadays there are trophies for anything. There are trophy wives and trophy art. Trophies are status symbols that can be bought rather than earned in an attempt validate a person's status. Trophies symbolise competitiveness and individualism. For every defeat there are the defeated and trophies not only stand for individual success but a counter failure. They stand for the best but also the worst in human nature.
Trophy is curated by Alice Bradshaw for East Street Arts as part of a series of Common-all Games at LAB in collaboration with Comm(o)nist Gallery TV, Live Art Bistro (LAB) and Live Art Development Agency and Graeme Murrell, is linked through city walks for Ludus Festival and coincides with the PS1 conference at Leeds University.