BUILD A BAE
walker gallery - coming out exhibition
pick up that old man’s head off the floor and slide it in. ooh stiletto heels! don’t mind if i do! leather jacket, of course. and i’ll finish it all off with some v. fashionable but unbranded tracksuit bottoms. perfect, absolutely perfect. my perfect bae.
a person's boyfriend or girlfriend or partner (often as a form of address)
acronym - before anything else
bae was on show at the walker gallery from the 28 july – 5 november 2017 and at the birmingham museum 2 december 2017 - 15 april 2018
coming out: sexuality, gender and identity marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in england and wales and brought together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. the exhibition included artists david hockney, steve mcqueen, linder, james richards and sarah lucas among others.
build a bae was an interactive piece with 32 pieces; 8 heads, 8 torsos, 8 legs and 8 feet. with no 4 pieces matching to social norms, build a bae challenged gender identity in a playful way.
BUILD A BAE
wandering through a field you see a figure in the distance. is this it? is this my true love? you are fixated on this being. you embarrassingly trip over a tent rope. how embarrassing. as you get closer it is clear that this is the person of your dreams. their well cut shirt, their joyous pantaloons with frills to die for and heels that could make anyone's heart melt. this is it. this is everything. but something isn't quite right. you stare at them. they stare back. you reach for their face, holding it gently in your hands. with a quick jerk you twist their face, spinning it on it's axis. it rotates, flashing through faces you feel you have seen before. it stops spinning. before you is the most beautiful face you have ever seen. your eyes lock and for a second it feels as though the whole world has fallen away. this is your bae.
build a bae was redesigned for a festival setting. people like to steal things at festivals to the removable slates were changed to spinning boxes. still a bae, just a different way.