Review: The Hidden Pin Up

4*
Presented bt The House of Ghetto and Gemma Parker Art, HOME, Manchester
This performance has now closed

The Hidden Pin Up is a moving and intimate spoken word and dance piece that was showing as part of Push Festival at HOME in Manchester.

The piece was created collaboratively following research around the fetishization of the black female body in pin ups from the mid-20th century and observing the language used and erasure of identity. Taking this initial inspiration, artist Gemma Parker and House of Ghetto teamed up to explore the legacy of racial stereotypes still found in modern life.

These conversations informed the content for The Hidden Pin Up, which is presented through a mixture of dance and spoken word. The piece focuses around a young woman dancing while she is constantly questioned and held under scrutiny: ‘I’m not really into black girls but-’, ‘will you date me?’. The relentless questioning, mixed with expressive dance makes for a political piece that’s impactful and powerful.

At ten minutes long, this piece was a refreshing and challenging experience and well worth a watch if you get a chance. I’d certainly be interested in seeing where it ends up in the future.

© M. Holland 2019

Screen Shot 2019-01-24 at 08.31.31.png

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s