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E.M. Parry & SL Grange: We Elizabethans
6:00 pm – 26 June
We Elizabethans – a cluster of sibling works: Closet Dramas – photographic exhibition; Fag Ends // Fag Breaks – installation & performances; A Lucky Resurrection – live writing / seance.
Closet Dramas: An enigmatic cast of queer and unruly characters haunt, provoke and flirt with the viewer. Drawing on the historical genre of the closet drama, these works engage a bricolage of practices to offer a quasi-dramatic experience in a playfully haunting hybrid of performance, document & score.
Fag Ends // Fag Breaks – durational installation & performance: Kinetic sculpture/ queerly embodied archive, Fag Ends // Fag Breaks uses centuries-old tobacco-pipe stems mudlarked along the Thames banks, and traces of human physicality and interaction to mark out a map across time, traced in the surrogate bones of the nameless dead.
Fag Ends // Fag Breaks can be experienced as a durational installation open daily, or as a one-off performance on Friday 25 June, 7.30pm. The performance is accompanied by A Lucky Resurrection – live, improvised writing event by SL Grange.
About the artists
E.M. Parry is a trans-disciplinary artist working with, through & for the queer body, squinting at history, flirting with ghosts and the things that go bump in the margins. Transient and ephemeral, their work flickers between durational performance, kinetic sculpture, drag act and ritual, blurring the lines between artefact and event.
SL Grange is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer working mostly in live performance contexts with an eclectic background in poetry, theatre and art practice. Ess is currently undertaking a doctoral research project investigating improvisatory performance practices as an ethical way to meet the queer/unruly dead.
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