Confiscation Cabinets (1996 - )
Confiscation Cabinets forms part of the 'Resistances Project' which spans over two decades of artistic work by Guy Tarrant exploring concerns about unsettlement and low well-being within London Schools. During this time Guy has laised with over 150 different schools mostly working in the capacity of a Supply Teacher collecting visual evidence of resistant types of behaviours. This has taken the form of of confiscated pupil artefacts, vandelised school furniture and school landcape photograghs. This work can be divided into three art themes; Confiscation Cabinets', 'Resistant Materials' and 'School-Scapes'.
Confiscation cabinets forms a large series of wall mounted cabinets consisting of everyday confiscated items withheld by Senior Teachers which were never claimed back. This artwork seeks to highlight behavioural traits around age, gender and culture. As an archival collection it looks specially at aspects involving jewellery, toys, electrical gadgets, sportswear, drugs, sweets and weapons. Confiscation Cabinets has been shown at various venues including: The V & A Museum of Childhood (to which the artwork now forms part of the Museum's permanent collection), The Life Centre in Newcastle, South Hill Park Arts Centre and OVADA 'At Play', The No Format Gallery 'Out of the Box' and Leeds University 'Pumped Up Kids' exhibition.