KILLING YOU SOFTLY

History painting an end to war

Documentary image of rehearsal at Space Clarence Mews 2023,
during a year long residency for performance makers.

An artwork event made in opposition to the arms economy and permanent war. An immersive, participatory, and interactive picture, in the field of fine art and protest. Contemporising the problematic genre of history painting as civic space.

A one-act tale of an unlikeable female protagonist, whose search for power and money leads to devastating war. What must happen to make her stop and accept her culpability?

With some singing and dancing. If we are to change the world, we must do what we are afraid of.

Performed to a commissioned soundscape by Joseph Day.

Costumes and props laid out at Space Clarence Mews, 2022.

A fairytale dress, a landmine shaped handbag, M4 tanks, AK47s, 20m of barbed wire, a B21 stealth bomber, Doric columns, capitols, the torso of a classical sculpture, a dead body, a reusable body bag, 1940s style bikini, banners, bricks, revolutionary flag – all hand sewn, made out of canvas, chosen for its origins in sail cloth and the artist’s canvas.

Killing You Softly, 2023.
Documentary photograph of performance at Petitou, Peckham.

Killing You Softly, 2023.
Documentary photograph of the final scene performed at Petitou, Peckham.

Killing You Softly, 2023.
Documentary photographs of open rehearsal at Space Clarence Mews.

Killing You Softly, 2022.
Documentary photographs of interactive and participatory performance at Space Clarence Mews.

Rehearsals 2022-23.

Killing You Softly, 2022.
Documentary photographs of rehearsals at Space Clarence Mews.