Poor Image Projects: Double 6

Poor Image Projects and Index Festival present Double 6: a new, collaborative audio-visual installation by Ashley Holmes and R.I.P. Germain.

Unfolding as a one-night performance in the former courtroom of Leeds Town Hall, Double 6 takes conjunctures of race, class and British popular culture to consider the wider political and social value of Black life under the microscope of public courts of opinion.

The work utilises the context and architecture of the courtroom to present a combination of textiles, painting, music and performance.

About the artists

Ashley Holmes (b. Luton 1990) is an interdisciplinary artist who works across moving image, sound installation, radio broadcasts, performance and music to explore how Blackness occupies shared online and physical spaces. Holmes studied at Sheffield Hallam University graduating with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Fine Art in 2013. Recent selected exhibitions and projects include Survey, Jerwood Arts, London, UK; ...and their tooth, finest gold, Les Urbaines, Lausanne, Switzerland; Cry Then Win Then Lose Reaction (solo), Two Queens, Leicester, UK (all 2018); Money Cyant Fool Them Again (solo) 1.1, Basel, Switzerland; Starless Midnight, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (both 2017)

R.I.P. Germain (b. 1988, Luton) is a conceptual artist and lecturer. His work primarily focuses on the inner and outer wars that pertain to the black male. He completed his BA (Hons) at Kingston University in 2011 and has lectured at Universität der Künste Berlin, University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts and University of Illinois. His debut show Gidi Up opened in September 2018 at Peak in London and was commissioned by Arcadia Missa in November 2018 to provide a visual essay for their HTSF publication.


Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AD

About Poor Image Projects and index Festival

Poor Image Projects (PIP) is a nomadic event series showcasing experimental moving image and audiovisual art. Hosting screenings, performances and installations, PIP unfolds in various spaces across Leeds and beyond. PIP is led by practice-led candidate Bethan Hughes and BA Fine Art alumna Anya Stewart-Maggs, an artist and filmmaker based in Leeds.

Index is a new visual arts festival for Leeds and Wakefield. The programme takes place this summer during Yorkshire Sculpture International and navigates the diverse art and culture that our two cities have to offer. See here for full programme details of the Index Festival, which includes a number of contributions from students and alumni from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

This event is supported by Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England with equipment kindly provided by Lumen. Additional thanks go Jamie Hudson (graphic design) and Jules Lister (photography).

Image credit: Ashley Holmes, Cry Then Win Then Lose Reaction (2018). Installation view. Courtesy of the artist & Two Queens, Leicester. Image by Jules Lister.