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'Thigh House', by Rosa Uddoh at Sarabande Foundation

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Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation

22 Hertford Road

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N1 5SH

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For London Craft Week 2018, Rosa presents 'Thigh House' at Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation.


‘Thigh House’ is an installation made from women and non-binary people’s bodies, based on a Cuban myth that it was the role of black ‘female’ slaves to mould roof- tiles on their thighs, in order to shelter colonial houses. Uddoh will be bringing this installation to life in the Sarabande Main Space as a working exhibition. Audiences will have the oppourtinity to see the structure, the tiles that are drying and a collection of video, sound and photography in accompaniment of the piece. As the tiles dry and are then fired in the kiln, Rosa will add each tile to the structure to create a complete roof.


Prior to the exhibition, Rosa will be running 2 thigh-tile workshops where attendees will use their own thighs as moulds to create clay tiles that will then be presented together on the structure. This workshop is for black and brown women, and those who identify as non-binary, to attend. Together, participants will learn to make terracotta tiles by moudling clay to the shape of their thighs in a social space where the act of making a functioning shelter exists, alongside the chance to meet and talk while the clay dries. The more thighs involved, the more the roof grows. This workshop is an atmosphere of self-care and healing through learning our body's inherent capabilities and productive capacity, whilst also engaging with lost and traumatic histories.


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Sarabande Foundation was established by the late Lee Alexander McQueen as a way to support artists and designers who are financially in need and creatively fearless.

We give scholarships to seven Universities across the UK and our subsidised studios for artists, designers and makers based in HQ - a converted Victorian stable block on Regent's Canal, in East London.

Rosa was chosen for the Sarabande Scholarship at the Slade School of Fine Art by photographer Nick Knight OBE, where she studies on the MA. With a background in architecture, Rosa has always been interested in structures and colonial history, using her body and bodies of others to connect with these histories. She explores with how ceramics can be demure and decorative, as well as a tool for claiming and contesting spatial territory and the overall aim of Rosa’s artistic practice is to reach maximum self-esteem.

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