Faye Claridge - Village Green Screen

Mixed media installation. Meadow Arts commission 2017 for launch at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Faye Claridge - Village Green Screen

Mixed media installation. Meadow Arts commission 2017 for launch at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Faye Claridge - Village Green Screen

Mixed media installation. Meadow Arts commission 2017 for launch at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Faye Claridge - Village Green Screen

Mixed media installation. Meadow Arts commission 2017 for launch at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Faye Claridge - Village Green Screen

25 - 28 August 2017

Visitors to this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival will find Faye Claridge’s new art project Village Green Screen, commissioned by Meadow Arts, waiting to collect their thoughts on a contentious issue: the ‘Black Face’ tradition in Morris Dancing.

“Part of the project’s intention is to acknowledge unheard voices and challenge assumptions,” says Claridge, who understands that the issue can cause friction and wants to offer a safe place for opinions to be heard.


Responding to public debates about the roots of the tradition of disguising the face with black face paint and its validity in the modern age, Claridge launches her project at Shrewsbury’s popular festival, creating a unique ‘green screen’ booth out of Astroturf, where participants will have their opinions recorded. The setting suggests visitors can be ‘green screened' to any place in the world or any time in history or the future, to test ideas about perspective, roots and change. The artist will also provide a comments box for anonymous responses and an opportunity to take part through social media using the hashtag #VillageGreenScreen.
 
Claridge, whose father was a Morris dancer, grew up in multicultural Birmingham, she says, “It’s not surprising Morris dancers blacking their faces is being questioned (again) now. During Brexit negotiations and mass global migration tensions are high. Within folk traditions, I’m hearing people doubt age-old assumptions and I’m seeing reactions from people feeling their values and rights are under threat. YouTube is being used to share anger, offer explanations and as a place for people to comment, often with strong emotions attached.”


Village Green Screen will travel to other venues; watch out for further announcements coming soon.

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival
West Midlands Showground
Berwick Road
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY12PF
01743 892800
shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk