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Live art exhibition on Jade Goody

entertainment Updated: May 05, 2009 15:58 IST
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An artist has recreated Jade Goody's final moments in a controversial live art exhibition. The show was put on in the basement of the Guy Hilton Gallery in East London on Sunday.

Artist and creator Mark McGowan admitted that his exhibition was 'provocative' - but claimed it was intended to be a tribute to Jade, who died of cervical cancer on Mothering Sunday aged 27.

The Re-enactment of the Death of Jade Goody featured actors playing the parts of the late reality TV star, her husband Jack Tweed and mother Jackiey Budden.

Each performer wore a cardboard box with a photograph of their 'character' over their head. The set featured a double bed which the artist playing Jade lay on while those depicting Jack and Jackiey sat at the bedside holding her hand.

Around 200 people attended the two-hour performance on Sunday evening, which has already led to a backlash with some critics saying it's in poor taste.

'I understand it's provocative and sometime that is my aim, to provoke people,' the 37-year-old told Mail Online.

The live art-piece had no dialogue or sound and was instead designed to be a tableau representation of what the mother-of-two's final hours may have looked like.

While some may view the use of cardboard boxes, with photographs stuck on, as cheap or in bad taste, Mr McGowan defended his presentational techniques.