Third World Bunfight / Brett Bailey
Exhibit B

23 - 27 September 2014 / 18:30, 18:50, 19:10, 19:30, 20:50, 21:10, 21:30, 21:50
The Vaults


We regret to announce that Exhibit B has been cancelled. Please visit our website for our full statement.

Described by Peter Brook as ‘an extraordinary achievement’, this haunting installation sets out to subvert a disturbing phenomenon, turning the notion of exotic spectacle on its head.

Exhibit B
critiques the ‘human zoos’ and ethnographic displays that showed Africans as objects of scientific curiosity through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Translated here into twelve tableaux, each features motionless performers placed in settings drawn from real life. Collectively they confront colonial atrocities committed in Africa, European notions of racial supremacy and the plight of immigrants today.

As spectators walk past the exhibits one-by-one, to the sound of lamentations sung live by a Namibian choir, a human gaze is unexpectedly returned.

'Both unbearable and essential' ★★★★★ Guardian Read full review

'Still, reflective, non-histrionic. Modern parallels are drawn and contemporary questions raised. An important and provocative work' Evening Standard ★★★★★ Read full review

Approx 40 mins

Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity and images of violence)

This is a promenade performance taking place in several adjoining spaces. Patrons with reduced mobility are welcome to attend all performances of Exhibit B. Please advise Box Office of any access requirements.

This performance takes place at The Vaults, Leake St, London SE1 7NN

Conceived and directed by Brett Bailey

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This event is part of:
Theatre & Dance

South Africa

Presented by the Barbican

In association with UK Arts International


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