Fleshing, Filching & Fetishes

Fleshing, Filching & Fetishes 01-11/05/2019 – Stryx, 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham

A Solo Exhibition by Vicky Roden
Included Mayday – The Frolicking (A Live Art Mayday Celebration)

A body of work drawn from Digbeth, its people, its places and its legends.

Examining themes of appropriation, gentrification and the eternal cycle of arts-as-social-regeneration Fleshing, Filching & Fetishes focusses on humanities universal need for symbols and ritual, relics and celebration. Fashioned from a number of mythological artefacts, sinister cryptids and other revered objects this collection of genuine phonies celebrates the cultural and financial investment arts organisations have contributed to the locality and the very real community which has developed in the Digbeth area.

Included fakery, taxidermy, embroidery and found objects.

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Mayday – The Frolicking

Heralding the transition between Spring and Summer Mayday is a festival of fire and fertility, including joyous celebrations, parades and sacrifice. Mayday – The Frolicking seeks to celebrate the transformative aspect of the festival, traditionally marked by participants taking on the guises of Mayday characters or such animals and spirits which they feel a personal connection to.

Emily Scarrott, Dinosaur Kilby and Paul Aleksandr all produced work in response to this, beginning proceedings with a parade around Digbeth before presenting their take on Mayday ritual.

To see the live stream of the parade visit Here