This was the launch of Fierce’s research activity, for this project Fierce have delved into their archives to offer audiences a glimpse of their history. From the festival’s inception in 1998, then known as Queerfest, through to the current day, this selection of leaflets, programmes and pamphlets is there to start as a catalyst for conversations and memories about the festival’s past and the archive’s potential future display.
Acclaimed performance artist Dominic Johnson premiered his new work Departure at TROVE on the 25th March, this piece was followed by a night of club performance entitled Human Salvage which was co-curated by Fierce and Johnson. Departure saw Johnson being tattooed live in TROVE with an array of other performances, and live film feed of the event being projected around the space in this new sensitive durational piece.
Finally at TROVE was Sheila Ghelani’s Covet Me Care For Me. This extremely beautiful performance-installation hints at nostalgia, death and kitsch objects. Ghelani invited you to choose a glass heart before smashing it, then a ritual wrapping of what was inside; Ghelani then asked you to take home its precious contents.