Spartacus Chetwynd

We take a surreal trip into the dressing up box of the British Artist in advance of the Frieze Art Fair

© Marius Hansen

So, what are the ideas behind your Frieze performance, ‘A Tax Haven Run by Women (In the Style of a Luna Park Game Show)’?‘I’ve been researching financially powerful women, like Mae West and Dolly Parton. I also find it interesting that in the financial world, and also places like Frieze, no one likes to talk about money or tax. And if someone chooses to live in a tax haven, then there’s a price to pay, because they have to separate themselves from society. That also links to cults gone wrong, like Jim Jones’s People’s Temple [who committed mass suicide], which are also isolated from society. So the performance is weirdly a combination of goofy, dreamlike Mae West women running a tax haven which is this wonderful place where you do  actually want to be, and the kind of scary arsehole cult leader gone wrong. I am actually making a bumhole costume for that character.’

Interview: Helen Sumpter

Spartacus Chetwynd at Frieze Art Fair 2010

  • Frieze Art Fair 2010

    Critics' choice Until Sun Oct 17, Regent's Park

    Spartacus Chetwynd’s ‘A Tax Haven Run by Women (In the Style of a Luna Park Game Show)’ will be performed once a day during Frieze ...