The Hidden Pin Up

The Hidden Pin Up Wallpaper design
2018

The Hidden Pin Up is a collaborative project between myself and Manchester vogue house the House of Ghetto that tackles issues of racial/sexual stereotypes particularly that of women of colour, taking inspiration from the little known history of the black pin up. A full series of R&D posts for the project can be found on my blog HERE (The Hidden Pin Up #1 - 24)

The work takes the form of a burlesque/vogue and spoken word performance using fans, costume and music to explore notions of black female representation.

It debuted in September 2018 at the Whitworth Art Gallery in conjunction with the gallery's Bodies of Colour wallpaper exhibition which explored many of the same issues. To promote the event I designed this wallpaper.

The Hidden Pin Up

The Hidden Pin Up performed at The Whitworth Art Gallery
2018

Performed by Lenai Russell of the House of Ghetto, the work includes traditional fan dance techniques.

You can see more about the costume design on my blog series for the project HERE

The Hidden Pin Up

Hessian Fans 2018

Costume and fans for Hidden Pin Up are made from hessian and include embroidered stories collected from women of colour of their experiences of racial prejudice.

You can find out more about the fans design and the personal stories embroidered on them on my blog series about the project HERE

The Hidden Pin Up

The Hidden Pin Up performed at The Whitworth Art Gallery
2018

The spoken word element of The Hidden Pin Up was arranged and performed by vocalist/actor Justina Aina. Her powerful and humorous delivery of the stories also stitched into the fans added a strong dynamic to the work which juxtaposed the dance work perfectly.

You can find out mote about the spoken element of The Hidden Pin Up on the blog series about the project HERE