And What? Queer Arts Festival: House Of Ghetto: Black Pride at Rich Mix


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And What? Queer. Arts. Festival (supported by HOME Projects)

House of Ghetto: Black Pride

From Wednesday 4 October to Thursday 26 October

Mezzanine Gallery

In a nutshell

A multimedia installation depicting the founding female members of The House of Ghetto; a Vogue House based in Manchester.

Go on...

Vogue is a form of stylised dance and performative posture, characterized by model-like poses that arose from the Harlem ballroom scene of the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s/80s by often poor and disenfranchised African American communities, especially gay men. A 'house' in these terms is the name given to a collective unit who form a troupe, presided over by a 'mother'.

For the large portrait series, House of Ghetto mother, Darren Pritchard, working with photographer Cornel Simons, uses a black primer as backdrop and exaggerated flesh tone (not a colour itself, but the absorption of all colours), adding the spectrum of the LGBT Pride flag in the distinctive hairstyles of African diaspora hair weaves, celebrating black gay culture and allowing HOG members to be narrators of their own stories: a reflection of HOG's unique flair and combined strength.

Manchester-based filmmakers Amy Watson & Dennis Keighron-Foster aim to explore the political and social meaning of Vogue as a distinct and legitimate medium of dance. In this extract they focus upon House of Ghetto, made up of largely young black women - the directors renew the battle-cry of the original founders of the form as a call for black empowerment and as a platform of resistance. The film team was struck by the grace, dignity and fearlessness of the performers, in contrast to an oppressive, out-of-touch political regime that fails to acknowledge or support their determined aspirations. Casting the house dancers as afro-futurist goddesses, orbiting one another in an endless black space, they become celestial bodies preforming movements of timeless grace.

Curated by Bren O'Callaghan and Darren Pritchard

Who's Involved

And What? Queer. Arts. Festival. is the capital's only pan-London festival of queer arts, presenting cross-artform work.

HOME Projects at (HOME Mcr) gives an opportunity to encourage a blurring of distinction between gallery, cinema and theatre spaces, straddling both formal and informal presentation.

Venue Details & Map

Rich Mix

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA
+44 (0)20 7613 7498
Public transport:
Shoreditch High Street Station - Exit the station, turn out on to Bethnal Green Road. Turn right and cross over the road. Rich Mix is located a short distance along the road.

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