In advance of Salon 63, a curatorial project taking place in hair and beauty salons along the bus 63 route opening on the 15th-16th of September 2018, Galitzine is excited to announce the project's first artist/community collaboration.
The legendary artist, visionary and founder of Alternative Miss World Andrew Logan will lead one of his now infamous 'jewellery performances'. 20 volunteer performers will parade around the soon-to-be-demolished, vital community centre - the oldest shopping mall in Europe - the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, near Logan's studio and towards the Old Kent Road. The performance's main intention is to spread Logan's glorious philosophy of joy and celebration of life. Logan is obsessed with light hence his wonderful largely glass and mirrored creations, which when inhabited by the performers, become living sculptures, reflecting the environment around them as they move along the route. The parade will be accompanied by Brazilian London-based musician Xavier Osmir and Banda Batuke playing Batucada Samba to celebrate the surrounding South American community.
The performers are largely recruited via an open call for participants living along the number 63 bus route, seeking to engage as many of the local community as possible in the spirit of the project's collaborative mission.
Logan's jewellery is an extension of his sculptural practice. The pieces are often conceived from found objects and ideas collected from Logan's frequent travel and 'artistic adventures'.
Logan has conducted jewellery performances since the late 80s including at the Sovin Centre in Moscow, as part of the Baku Arts Festival in Azerbaijian and the opening of the New Ruthwin Craft Centre in Wales. His jewellery has been part of collections by Comme de Garçons and Emmanuel Ungaro amongst many others.
Salon 63 is Galitzine (formerly Galitzine Mackenzie’s) 5th curatorial project in public spaces around London. 14 artists have been invited to explore the culture and communities of and surrounding hair and beauty salons located along London’s 63 bus route. The project will largely pair artists with a variety of salons to develop a series of conversations leading to site-specific works in and around each salon. Running from Peckham to Clerkenwell and including a breadth of communities, in regards to ethnic background, socio-economic prosperity, historical roots and political predilections, the exhibition will investigate and celebrate London’s diversity.
Salon 63 Participating Artists: Larry Archiampong, Gabriele Beveridge, Ellen Gallagher, Gery Georgieva, Daniel Kelly (DKUK), Paul Kindersley, Andrew Logan, Isaac Olvera, Paloma Proudfoot, Hans Rosenström, Stasis, Freddy Tuppen, Kirsty Turner and Eloise Lawson.
Participating Salons: Miami Health Club, Barber Streisand, Old Kent Road Barber Shop, Divine Destiny, Lewis Barbers and DKUK.
More on Salon 63
Salons have the distinct quality of existing within most communities and their treatments can sometimes transcend differences of class, race and economic background in their customers. In other cases, specific communities' needs define the salons and the activities of the realm. The varying social function of these spaces, as well as the ability for owners to transcend and bring together clients of different backgrounds, makes the salon a place of nuanced political possibility—a site in which individuals' identities are both reinforced and challenged, created and remade.