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Monster Chetwynd: Hell Mouth 3

86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, England, B9 4AR
Monster Chetwynd: Hell Mouth 3


The world is understood through music. All meaning comes to us through Heavy Metal. We can take control of the monsters of the hell mouth to create our own meaning and form new myths.

Fragments of songs and half-remembered performances form constantly re-imagined futures and new social aspirations. Monster Chetwynd's Hell Mouth 3 channels the decline of Western Civilisation and legacies of Heavy Metal through the mouth to hell of a 16th Century engraving of a human devouring monster. Chetwynd's 'monster' will hold the future of Metal, Birmingham and humanity in it's mouth as bands play for their lives within the maelstrom of history and the failure of current society to support and empower the once and future workers of the hell mouth of industrial Britain.

Chetwynd's fascination with Penelope Spheeris' three part film series 'The Decline of Western Civilisation' from 1981 to 1998, featuring many of the 'most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time', has informed many of her works over the past decade and takes centre stage for this large scale sculptural and performative spectacle set in the industrial space and area of Eastside Projects and Digbeth at the heart of Birmingham.

Monster Chetwynd (previously known as Spartacus Chetwynd and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd) is a British artist, based in Glasgow, known for reworkings of iconic moments from cultural history in elaborate, compulsive and evocative performances. Chetwynd's practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Her work incorporates elements of folk plays, street spectacles, popular culture, from Heavy Metal music and Star Wars to Berthold Brecht's Three Penny Opera, and surrealist cinema. Her performances and videos often employ troupes of performers, including friends and relatives of the artist, and feature handmade costumes and props. In 2012, she was nominated for the Turner Prize.


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Tel: 01217711778

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Opening Times

17 May 2019 - 27 May 2019

* Public preview - 17 May
Exhibition open - 18 May

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