A series of 10 digital collages from the 8th of June via Disability Arts Online.
“Hold tight!” Can remember that saying? Remember the conductors? They used to shout just before the bus moved, with lots of people holding on, swaying to and fro.
The Walkie-Talkies is an artwork by Michelle Baharier. The socially engaged artist worked with a number of community groups for this piece and based it on a poem by David Morris called the The Route Master Race. David was a disabled wheelchair user unable to use buses. Ultimately excluded from London life, the works explore inclusion on public transport, this experience of the route master, the double-decker bus, and David’s poem.
Ten digital collages will track the absurd, the unfortunate and the ordinariness of our bus journeys through the perspective of those who have used and worked on the London buses. The collages will convey a range of experience, including the experience of differently abled people’s abilities to use public transport and pensioners who display additional disabilities.
Michelle is working with the Golden Oldies, Southwark Irish Pensioners, and Southwark Pensioners. The project will prioritise the Number One bus which used to go from Penge to Woodgreen (now from Canada water to Tottenham Court Road, with the 176 taking part of its original route).
The series will be available for free via the Disability Arts Online website. From 8 June, two collages will be released every week. Enjoy and listen on the go (perhaps on the bus yourself) via any device.
All aboard, hold tight, look forward to seeing you on the bus ride…
Read more about Michelles body of work in her Artist Statement here. Michelle Baharier studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and the University of the Arts and works as a contemporary multidisciplinary artist. Her work focuses on the human condition and includes survival and thriving mechanisms. Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember and triumphs daily through the world despite having severe Dyslexia.
Artwork Credits Include…
Her work includes Miss Haversham’s wedding dress made for the bicentenary of Charles Dickens; Bethlehem Museum (2020), The London Alternative Fashion Show, Art Academy (Woolworth rd) and The Largactyl Shuffle; an art and story based walk led by yellow ribbons from Mausdley Hospital to the Tate Modern.
Work was formerly shown at venues including The Welcome Collection. Michelle was awarded Julian Sullivan award for art and Natwest Bank Award For Art (1999). As Artistic Director at CoolTan Arts, she won twenty seven awards for their work as a mental health and arts charity.
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