a tale of a few cities

Annika Ström, Ten Embarrassed Men

Posted in Art, performance art by petercombe on April 18, 2011

Annika Ström, Ten embarrassed men, 2010

Ten men (actors) all dressed with identical clothing cruising the fair for 5 days looking embarrassed.
Performance at the Frieze art fair commissioned by Frieze Foundation Art Projects, curated by Sarah McCrory,
October 2010

Swedish artist Annika Strom masterminded a performance for a curated component of last year’s Frieze art fair, commenting on gender inequality in the art world.

Ten male actors wandered about the fair in a group, charged with looking awkward and embarrassed by what Strom sees as the under-representation of female artists in exhibitors’ stands at art fairs and across the wider arts.

Photo: Polly Braden

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Nao Bustamante recommends

Posted in Art, performance art, serious television, Twitter by petercombe on July 21, 2010

Former Work of Art contestant and performance artist Nao Bustamante tweets my post.

Vanessa Beecroft 2.0

Posted in guerilla art by petercombe on March 2, 2010

American Vogue’s Anna Wintour sent out a statement that Vogue would be cutting it’s Milan Fashion Week visit to a mere 3 days – the Capital went into a tizzy and out came an army of Annas channeling early Vanessa Beecroft.



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One and Other Gets Serious

Posted in Art, iustitia omnibus by petercombe on September 12, 2009

A British woman who is on death row in Texas will today appeal to the British government to help her avoid execution via Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth>.


Linda Carty, a 50-year-old former primary school teacher, was sentenced to death in 2002 after being convicted of taking part in the murder of 25-year-old Joana Rodriguez.

Her family and campaigners claim she was not properly represented at her original trial and that she is innocent of the crime for which she was convicted.

Carty will “appear” on the London monument as part of the artist Antony Gormley’s One & Other Exhibition, using the platform to call on the British public and the government to intervene to help save her from lethal injection.

A life-sized cardboard cutout of her will stand on the platform from 10am until 11am, and a recorded message from her will also be played.

In the message, she says: “Time is now running out, and I appeal to every one of you and to the British government to please help me.

“I’m sorry if I sound like a desperate woman. I am desperate, because the British people may be my last hope. If they ask for my life to be spared, maybe Texas will listen.”

Earlier this year, the Foreign Office intervened in the legal process, filing an amicus brief to the US appeals court which complained of lack of notification of Carty’s original arrest in 2001 and “ineffective counsel”.

Carty was born on the Caribbean island of St Kitts to parents from the British overseas territory of Anguilla. She holds a UK dependent territory passport.

As such, her arrest should have been notified to the British embassy under a long-standing agreement.

However, her state-appointed lawyer did not inform her of her right to seek assistance from the British consulate – one of a catalogue of errors, supporters claim.

The crime took place on 16 May 2001, when three men broke into the apartment of [25-year-old Joana] Rodriguez and her partner Raymundo Cabrera, demanding drugs and cash. They abducted Rodriguez and her four-day-old son, Ray, who was later found unharmed in a car, while Rodriguez had suffocated.

The prosecution’s rather implausible theory was that Linda was afraid of losing her common-law husband and thought that if she had another baby he would stay. Unable to get pregnant, they allege she had hired three men to kidnap Rodriguez and that she planned to steal the child – a baby of a different race to Linda.

Linda’s court-appointed lawyer was Jerry Guerinot, whose incompetence has already led to twenty of his clients ending up on death row, more than any other defence lawyer in the US. His approach to her case was at best, slapdash, at worst, wilfully inept.

Guerinot’s catalogue of serious failings in Linda’s case includes: failure to meet Linda until immediately before the trial, failure to inform Linda or her husband of their rights; failure to spot obvious flaws and inconsistencies in the prosecution case; failure to interview witnesses; and failure to investigate key mitigating evidence.

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