House of Ghetto: Black Pride is an exhibition comprised of portraits of the founding female members of The House of Ghetto, a Vogue House based in Manchester, UK.

Programmed in association with Curious Arts, part of Curious Festival 2019


Vogue is a form of stylised dance and performance posture, characterised by model-like poses that arose from the Harlem ballroom scene of the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s/80s by often poor and disenfranchised African American communities, especially gay men, evolving to become fully inclusive to all. A 'house' in these terms is the name given to a collective unit who form a troupe, presided over by a 'mother', often lead choreographer and/or art director, able to guide, style and produce, but also adopting a familial and supportive role for younger members.

House of Ghetto house mother and award-winning dancer and choreographer, Darren Pritchard, working with NW photographer Cornel Simons from Fotocad, uses a black primer as a backdrop and exaggerated flesh tone (not a colour itself, but the absorption of all colours), adding the spectrum of the LGBT Pride Flag. The distinctive hairstyles incorporate African diaspora hair weaves with the LGBT flag's colour palette, celebrating black gay culture and allowing HOG members to be narrators of their own stories; a reflection of HOG's unique flair and combined strength.

House of Ghetto will be performing as part of two Curious Festival events on Saturday 6th July: Rent Party at Northern Stage (7.15pm) and at the Curious Vogue Ball at Dance City (9pm).