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Hide and tell

Eleanor Young

Forbidden spaces and hiding places

Tate St Ives’ new extension,
Tate St Ives’ new extension, Credit: Dennis Gilbert

Hidey holes are rarely the old furniture of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Now they are the servant spaces that flick past in chase scenes as the fugitive bursts through the fire door, up the escape stairs and sprints across the roof, vaulting plant as they go. The forbidden spaces of kitchen or backstage are where the workers toil, invisible in the public interior until ready to be presented. Here you can hide. Iris scanners and ID cards stop neither fugitive nor architect. But sometimes they do feel forgotten by design.

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