Scalarama Birmingham

Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures + Pop Up Polaroids

22 September 2016, 19.00-22.00

“Look at the pictures!” In 1989 with these words, Senator Jesse Helms denounced the work of American artist Robert Mapplethorpe and created a controversy that went right to the US Senate. Join us for a daring evening of Polaroid popping and an intimate screening of Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures, the acclaimed documentary by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Made with unprecedented access to Mapplethorpe’s archives and work, the film lays bare the frank sexuality, intimate relationships and febrile environment that fed his work. Candid interviews with lovers, friends and subjects are accompanied by rediscovered, unheard interviews with Mapplethorpe himself.

The evening kicks off with a Polaroid workshop, where you can work 1-1 with our Black Hole Club artists to create your own images using a selection of lighting booths and props inspired by Mapplethorpe’s early work.

Pop Up Polaroids runs 7-8pm and doors open 8pm for the screening.

Pay bar.

Advance Tickets £10/5 + booking fee:

This event is presented as part of Scalarama, an annual DIY celebration of cinema running throughout September.


Robert Mapplethorpe courtesy Dogwoof mapplethorpe Look At The Pictures dogwoof 11