The Hidden Pin Up

The Hidden Pin Up performed at HOME
2019

The Hidden Pin Up is a collaborative art project between myself and Manchester vogue house the House of Ghetto, an all female black dance troupe headed by house mother and choreographer Darren Pritchard. The work explores the history of the hidden and forgotten figure of the black pin up girl and investigates the legacy of stereotypes and racial fetishisation that still plagues women of colour today. You can read how the project developed by scrolling back through my blog HERE (The Hidden Pin Up #1 - 25)

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 exhibition, and was performed as part of PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME.

Photo by Chris Payne

The Hidden Pin Up

Hessian Fans 2018

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

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 and see how the costume was designed HERE

The Hidden Pin Up

The Hidden Pin Up performed at HOME
2019

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 adds a strong dynamic to the work which juxtapose the dance work perfectly.

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

Photo by Chris Payne

The Hidden Pin Up

The Hidden Pin Up Wallpaper design
2018

The performance 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 of racial and gender stereotypes.

To promote the event I designed this official Hidden Pin Up wallpaper. You can see how this design has been used in accompanying work to the project on my shop HERE