MOOP Stories return to Brighton

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The Pop-up Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) which won the Brighton Fringe Visual Arts award in 2018, is returning to The Brighton Fringe this year.

The Museum of Ordinary People will be hosting three events at the Pheonix in Brighton, on the 7th, 14th and 21st of May. This year, they have added a live component “that celebrates the stories and lives of ordinary people, considering how to present narratives in new and combined mediums.

Set up by Brighton-based artists Jolie Booth and Lucy Malone, this modern day museum focuses on the “magic and mundanity of everyday life“. By creating exhibitions that inspire empathy and connection, they are able to explore stories that have traditionally been ignored by our cultural institutions.

Co-Founder of The Museum of Ordinary People, Jolie Both, has said:

“This year’s MOOP is one of reinvention, with artists from MOOP’s original collection re-imagining their previous exhibit, creating an event that further explores their story in a new interactive way.  This could be a talk, performance, soirée or even a video installation.

“Attendees can meet Clair, who found a bag of diaries at a car boot sale, the handwritten pages eerily paralleling  her own life. Or Bridget, who still has the letters from when, as a teenage punk, she became unlikely pen pals with a soldier fighting in the First Gulf War. Or Philip, who when handed a box of his late father’s belongings decided to rewrite the sad ending by choosing a different path.”

Lucy Malone, also a co-founder of the museum, stated that the team is excited to be involved in the Fringe again, and has ambitions for the future:

“Our aim is to have a permanent space in Brighton, but to also to travel around the country – and the world – telling ordinary people’s stories through exhibitions that create a sense of connection with visitors. We believe in the power of everyday objects to do this. And we believe in empowering people to work with collections they own to creatively explore the narratives behind them. Everybody deserves to have their story told.”

Each event takes place from 7.30pm-10pm at Phoenix Brighton, May 7th, 14th and 21st.

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