The nature of the
outsider, the capriciousness of history and the apparent
desire to be deceived will be explored in an extravaganza of
sights and sounds recreating the carnival sideshow world of
Meeky, a human oddity who vanished in the late 1950s.
There is virtually
no physical evidence of Meeky's existence. All artifacts created
for this project are based on conjecture, anecdotes and the very
rare glimpse of a relic or writing in private collections.
Digitally assembled photos fabricate moments in Meeky's life and
drawings depicted in storybook format reflect the otherworldly
aspects of this history. Also included will be mixed-media
artifacts; a waxwork figure; sideshow banners; video interviews
of the last great showmen and didactic material.
carnival sideshow offers a transitory glimpse at a world of
wonder. At night, the lights, the colours, attractions and
sounds provoke expectations of alluring delights. The ephemeral
nature is made dangerous by the allure of the unknown: the
transient stranger; the exotic attractions; the freaks. Once we
have paid, the tip is turned and we venture inside. We thrill at
the lifting of taboo and we gawk without inhibition.
The things, people
and animals we see are not like us.
They will be gone in