20 May 2015 – 13 Jun 2015

Event times

Wed to Sat 12 – 6pm

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London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 38, 56, 73, 341, 476 (and on neary Upper Street 4, 19, 30, 43)
  • Angel, Highbury & Islington
  • Essex Road


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Tintype is pleased to announce that HOLLY SLINGSBY is our project space artist for 2015. BEHIND THE CURTAIN is an ongoing performance and installation into which the audience can participate or simply watch.


Holly Slingsby creates performances that re-invent religious and mythical traditions. Slingsby uses her body like a shop dummy, pulling from bags or chests a series of props and improvised garments. These tropes, costumes, objects  – often rudimentary and lo-fi – question our familiarity with a received symbolic lexicon. In Too Many Marys for instance, she put on more and more Virgin Mary costumes so that she became a ludicrously layered, walking embodiment of the accretions of time and history.

“I am fascinated by the ways in which images overlap, how a particular symbol is adopted and adapted as it passes from ancient pagan mythology to devout religion to modern secularism. Classical figures are subsumed into contemporary consumerism – Venus razors, Nike trainers, Mars Bars. My recent work cannibalises and regurgitates visions of the divine.“

For Behind the Curtain, Slingsby makes the project space a cross between a performance and an installation. Tintype’s large window is a frame housing temporary tableaux vivant as a counterpoint to the activity within. Three performers construct sets, costumes and props together so the gallery becomes a studio and a stage – a laboratory for researching and inventing rites – into which visitors can walk around, participate or simply watch.

The phrase ‘behind the curtain’ hints at both the backstage of a theatre and the sanctuary of a temple.  Slingsby combines mythological and Christian imagery by drawing on sources such as the Book of Exodus – the passages that give instructions for making the temple curtain and robes – and 16C triumphal processions with their profusion of decorative and theatrical imagery.  

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Holly Slingsby


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