tHE DEATH OF GLITTER PRESENTS: uNSEX ME HERE
As part of a collaboration with performance artist, actor and founder of 'The Death of Glitter', Tazme Pillay, young artists in Cape Town were invited to turn the club, Hectic on Hope, into living art for the event 'UNSEX ME HERE'. The event, described as a "post-patriarchy bondage dungeon" emerged as a call for an interdisciplinary underground social art scene, free from the structural oppression which underpins traditional art institutions. Other invited artists included Brett Charles Seiler, Thuli Gamedze, Asemahle Mahle Ntlonti, Bulumko Mbete, Malwande Thapelo Mthethwa, Rain Patterson and Alexa Venter. These party spaces are founded on self expression, freedom through inclusivity, binary-destruction, label eradication and queer visibility.
THE DEATH OF GLITTER PRESENTS: VENUS IN FUR
For the Death of Glitter Presents: Venus in Fur, I was asked by Tazme Pillay to curate, participate and invite artists to present videos, installations, performance, games and photographs, once again in the hopes of enlivening the club atmosphere and creating a space of boundless freedom through activated art. The invitation, extended to “all the strange kids who are done giving a fuck in this city,” asked artists to centralise feminine and queer empowerment in their work, by exploring themes of desire, sex, seduction and domination. The setting shifted between underground boudoir; neon electric empire and B-grade slasher film with artists engaging with BDSM and fetish; mind-play; experimental industrial noise; leather club aesthetics; femme fatale archetypes; synthesizers and strobe-lights. The participating artists included myself, Joshua Biggs & Marianne Thesen-Law, Annie Brookstone, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, Shaheed Sedgwick & Kyle Strydom, Kayo-Fay Tilley, Robyn Raymond, Danielle Rose and Saif x Carbon x Shiraz (A Trans POC collective consisting of Nazlee Saif, Wandile Dlamini and Saadiq Soeker).
The above images showcase my project, 'Seduce and Destroy', which consisted of an installation and projected video work. The images below show the works of other contributing artists.