HOME: House of Ghetto.
Manchester is full of the most inspiring music, art and culture, but HOME have really outdone themselves this time. HOME’s latest art installation, House of Ghetto, is a running exhibition which celebrates Gay Pride in African culture through photography, dance and film.
House of Ghetto is spread over two levels. Level one presents a series of portraits capturing a family of six females, taken by local north-west photographer, Cornel Simons. They’re photographed in front of a matte black background with exaggerated skin tones and ultra fluorescent African diaspora hair weaves, referencing the LGBT flag. The contrast of the shots creates bold, striking pictures that are truly breathtaking.
Level two shows a unique video installation featuring Manchester’s famous vogue dance group. Vogue is a style of dance involving a single dancer moving in between a variety of static model-like poses, originating from Harlem. The film, produced by Amy Watson and Dennis Keighron-Foster, called “Dark Matter” is set to give you goosebumps as they explore the social and political meaning of Vogue.
House of Ghetto are notorious for sending important messages through the form of dance, fashion, art, video and photography in a truly unique form and Manchester is lucky enough to have this exhibition open until the 15th of June.
In our Rundown with Skiddle this week, we spoke to HOME’s visual art programme manager Bren O’Callaghan about the installation, listen here for more.