HFWAS Takeover More Than Vintage Gallery
Friday the 9th of May saw the hfwas team take over More than Vintage.
More Than Vintage is a Birmingham-based vintage and retro charity shop raising funds to support homeless services across the city run by SIFA Fireside and Reach the People Charity. The hfwas team were given free roam of the clothes on offer and the shop window from opening to closing. This gave us 6 hours to explore the clothes and create our homage to Live Art through the ages.
Our directors, Kate Spence and Aleks Wojtulewicz, were recreating iconic poses and performances that have influenced their own practice while dressed in clothes from the shop. They started with a simple and iconic image from Yves Klein using one of the Klein Blue gloves found for sale at More than Vintage. They then moved onto the iconic image of ‘I Like America and America likes me’ by Joseph Beuys. After a few hours of shifting though images of Jerzy Grotowski, Butoh and Isadora Duncan, holding them with all with a mesmerising stare lasting 15 min a time, they arrived at the Godmother of performance art ‘Marina Abramovic’, using iconic images from her performances with Ulay. They also recreated Chris Burden’s 1971 ‘Shoot’, performances from Ann Liv Young, Lauren Barri Holstein, Genesis p-orridge and Yoko with John, finally ending the performance with a long 30 min still life image of the iconic ‘Gilbert and George’.
This performance event drew the attention of passers-by throughout the day, even gaining a few applauses and people having to double check that they were real. This was a great way to bring people to the delights of performance art with a simple but effective performance.