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Let's bring an immersive installation made from and for women and non-binary people’s bodies to London Craft Week 2018.
Let's bring an immersive installation made from and for women and non-binary people’s bodies to London Craft Week 2018.
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Sarabande Foundation is teaming up with artist Rosa Uddoh to complete the biggest 'thigh tile' house to date: an immersive installation built from casts of black and brown female and non-binary bodies. With your help, we can bring this work to London Craft Week 2018 and ensure that the message of Uddoh's work -- creating space to celebrate bodies at the margins -- is seen and heard in the city!

Sarabande Foundation was established by the late (Lee) Alexander McQueen and we financially support strong visionary artists, designers and creators. The support includes generous scholarships in art, fashion and jewellery, as well as offering a wide mentorship program, free or heavily subsidised studios in London for artists to work together in a creative environment, and a wide range of informative and inspirational talks by leaders in the arts.

Rosa Uddoh originally studied architecture and is now an artist at Slade School of Fine Art. She was chosen for a Sarabande scholarship by renowned photographer Nick Knight in 2016 after she presented her recent work 'thigh house', which was a small timber frame of a house with a few roof tiles she had cast from friends.

Rosa with Nick Knight, photo by Joshua Osborne for the Financial Times Magazine
Rosa with Nick Knight, photo by Joshua Osborne for the Financial Times Magazine

Sarabande want to bring Rosa's incredible story and sculpture to Craft Week, hosted in the Sarabande Gallery space. It will start with workshops of invited groups of women casting tiles on their own thighs, representing the story that it was the black slaves in Cuba who created the roof tiles for the colonial and municipal buildings.

We want to invite more than 60 women to participate in the two workshops, making more than 120 new thigh tiles. They will be added to another 40 tiles cast from Rosa’s legs, the clay will naturally dry, and then we will transport them to a large kiln, hopefully nearby where Rosa will carefully fire each tile.

the original 'thigh house'
the original 'thigh house'

In the exhibition space we are building a wooden frame of a house, this will be four times bigger than has previously been built, so big you will be able to both enter and sit inside the house.  Each day Rosa will be adding the finished tiles, eventually forming a new roof to the house, made from the community of women who have shared their experiences and hopefully have become friends during the workshops.

The house is a representation of the strong women who create the community, who give support and stability, showing that how, together and as part of a community, great projects can be built.

thigh house ink drawing
thigh house ink drawing

Risks and challenges

On a practical level, the weight and structure of the house is a challenge as this is by far the largest thigh house Rosa has attempted to build - the tiles are heavy as they are formed from blocks of clay, and we hope to have over 160 tiles making the roof of the house. The building frame work is light, and cannot be secured or bolted to the floor in the exhibition space. We are working with a professional set builder, as we don’t want the building to collapse during the exhibition!

We also hope for dry warm weather, the tiles need to naturally dry and we still need to get a kiln close by the the foundation to fire the clay thighs tiles, transportation is expensive and the tiles are fragile.

We believe its an achievable challenge to build an unrelated community of women who can comfortably communicate together in a relaxed and informal setting. Even though this may be the first time they have met.

The subject matter is sensitive and heavy in its meaning, but we want the workshops full of laughter.  

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    The Experience

    Experience a video tour of the Thigh House exhibit with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

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    The Drawing

    Pledge for a unique, hand-drawn postcard from Rosa with a personal thank you for your backing.

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    The Invitation

    An invitation to the exclusive private viewing of Thigh House by Rosa Uddoh on 9th May 2018 where you will meet the artist and receive a copy of the Thigh House exhibition book featuring the story behind the work.

    Finally, you'll also receive a heartfelt thank you with your name displayed during the exhibition and also on the 'Thigh House' event page on the Sarabande Foundation website.

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    The Print

    A limited edition print of the Thigh House watercolour by Rosa Uddoh and a your name on the 'Thigh House' event page on the Sarabande Foundation website.

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    The Private Tour

    A private, VIP tour of Sarabande Foundation, as well as a copy of the Thigh House exhibition book featuring the story behind the work.

    You will also get a unique, hand-drawn postcard from Rosa with a personal thank you for your backing and a your name on the 'Thigh House' event page on the Sarabande Foundation website.

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    The Deal

    For £200 you will receive all of the fantastic rewards below - for a fraction of the cost!

    Pledge here for the print, experience, private tour and a drawing.

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    The Tile

    Own an original flat, square clay tile work by Rosa Uddoh made during her Thigh House residency at Sarabande.

    Backers will also receive a copy of the Thigh House exhibition book and a thank you on 'Thigh House' event page on the Sarabande Foundation website.

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    The Reception

    A welcome reception for you and five guests at Sarabande Foundation, featuring a private tour of the foundation, its studios and an opportunity to meet with Rosa.

    Backers will also receive a copy of the Thigh House exhibition book and a thank you on the 'Thigh House' event page on the Sarabande Foundation website.

    Dates for the reception are tbc depending on your availability.

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    The Tiles

    Become part of the work. You, or someone you nominate will participate in the workshop where Rosa will help create a pair of unique thigh tiles cast from your* body, to keep following the exhibition.

    The tiles will be posted to you in a wooden box, lined with fabric and includes a copy of the Thigh House exhibition book.

    The workshops dates are:
    - Thursday 3rd May, 18.30 - 21.30
    - Saturday 5th May, 14.00 - 17.00

    *Please note that while this ticket is available for anyone to buy, due to the nature of this work, the workshop participant needs be a black/ brown women or a non-binary person.

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    The Tiles & Reception

    The ultimate reward - pledge £800 or more for a private reception for you and 5 guests at the foundation, with a tour of the studios and opportunity to meet with Rosa and hear about her work.

    For this amount you can also become part of the work - you or someone you nominate will participate in the workshop to create a pair of unique thing tiles. These will be packaged in a wooden box lined with a vibrant yellow fabric and includes a copy of the Thigh House exhibition book.

    *Please note that while this ticket is available for anyone to buy, due to the nature of the work, the workshop participant needs to be a black/ brown or non-binary person.

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