press release

Chisenhale Gallery presents, The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME, a major new thirteen-hour performance event by artist and musician Linder in collaboration with musician Stuart McCallum (of The Cinematic Orchestra), fashion designer Richard Nicoll (also Creative Director, Cerruti) and dancers and musicians from varied traditions and disciplines.

The Darktown Cakewalk is an epic invocation of glamour and fantastical pageantry. Witch trials and beauty queens, ragtime and Euro Pop merge to enfold the viewer in a secret history of prejudice and dissent. The audience will intermingle with the performers and will be able to come and go over the 13 hours as they wish.

Linder was born in Liverpool in 1954 and is based in Haysham, Lancashire. Over the last three decades Linder has had a prolific output across myriad forms. Part of the late 1970s and early 1980s Manchester punk and post punk scenes, she is well known for her photomontages, such as her artwork on the cover of the 1977 Buzzcocks single Orgasm Addict and recent performances based on a range of collaged material and ideas. Recent exhibitions and performances include Tate St Ives (2009), Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2009), Baltic, Gateshead (2007) and PS1/Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007).

The Darktown Cakewalk is produced in collaboration with Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow and supported by Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Stuart Shave / Modern Art and Shane Akeroyd.

Linder Sterling
The Darktown Cakewalk
Celebrated from the House of FAME