“Marcia Farquhar [has] a hectic, colourful past that she lines up for us in the guise of a clothes-rail dangling with talismanic frocks of varied vintage. As she zips through them, Farquhar sustains a giddy commentary on the ‘why, when, where and who else was there’ of each outfit.”
Marcia Farquhar’s Black and White and Red All Over will be a live consideration of the magical meaning of glamour, the uses of enchantment, and the semiotics of good girl/bad girl fashion. Always telling or retelling stories, engineering unexpected social interactions in which the distance between audience and performer is repeatedly breached, Farquhar probes the nature of biography and autobiography and grapples with storytelling as a strategy that is forever renegotiating its relationship with truth.
In an effort to prove the spirit of Byron alive and well, Marcia Farquhar has amassed a collection of testimonials and confessionals from the Byrons in her life, and the women who have loved them.
“I first watched Marcia Farquhar’s 12 Shooters in a Chelsea Hotel room one night in March 2008. The Chelsea’s shabby lobby, lined floor to ceiling with darkening paintings accepted years ago as rent, is only a cipher of all that has been made and shown there. “