Genesis Breyer P-Orridge-Life as a Cheap Suitcase
Genesis P- Orridge is one of those people who has spent decades on the fringes of the mainstream but has resolutely followed his/her own path in whatever she has chosen to do whether it be music, visual arts or physical transformation. This exhibition at Summerhall opens today –August 1- and continues throughout the whole of the Fringe.
Focussing mainly on his Pandrogeny project in which he and his late wife Lady Jaye started to transform themselves into each other and as some of the photos show there was a point at which they were virtually indistinguishable from each other. It is a very moving exhibition but it never strays into sentimental or lachrymose territory. Instead it is extremely raw and compassionate in places, showing two people who felt so entwined and inextricably linked to each other that they wanted to carry this bond into physical similarity.
Alongside this are paintings by a Mexican painter which shows their facial features replaced by genitalia, posters from Throbbing Gristle, Psychic Youth and Coum days and personal pieces of custom made jewellery.
For anyone who has encountered Orridge’s work over the last few decades this exhibition is a must see. For those not familiar with the name then I suggest you visit this exhibition as a first step to familiarise yourself then investigate further.
Genisis Breyer P-Orridge- Life as a Cheap Suitcase is on at Summerhall from August 1 and will be showing throughout the duration of the Fringe.