In this new commission incorporating film, theatre and installation, artist Fleur Melbourn presented a performance in which figures from the afterlife discuss mortality and the notion of blasphemy.
A modern-day Dante leads the audience on a journey into the Inferno. There, he encounters Thelma and Louise, whose last act of defiance had sent them flying over the Grand Canyon and into the world of the dead. Performed by DeVon Jackson, Charlotte King and Molly Small.
A prologue to the performance, the screening of Fleur Melbourn’s 2015 film, Thelma and Louise: Blood Falls was on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum, from 31st July to 7th August, as part of a programme of exhibitions and events curated at the ACF by Victor Wang. A journey into the decomposing bodies of the eponymous characters, now turned into vast landscapes, visits their anatomy as the two women sing to each other, reliving stories of their encounter with the afterlife.
Fleur Melbourn (born 1987) lives and works in London. Her sculptures, films and installations touch on the catastrophic as an attempt to unpick the peculiarities of the human condition. Recent shows include Just Let Us Know, Really, (3236rls, London) andThe Chronovisor (South Kiosk/ Foodface Projects, London). She had her first solo show in 2011 at LOV, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel in Switzerland, and recently took up artist in residence at Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain in Poncé-sur-le-Loir, France.