Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stephen Willats | Cha Cha Cha

Stephen Willats
Cha Cha Cha
London, UK: Coracle Press / Lisson Gallery, 1982
[26] pp., 20.5 x 15 cm., thick paper leaves
Edition size unknown

"The entrance to the Cha Cha Club was under an old railway arch, at the end of a narrow alleyway, underneath Charing Cross Station: The Club for people who don’t need to pose.  You can use the night as cover, as a cloak to be who you want, to be yourself, without anyone hassling you…The Cha Cha Club captured the spirit of this new generation’s attitude perhaps more than any other, where everything was possible if your attitude was right.  As a result of meeting members of the Cha Cha Club while making the work: Are You Good Enough For the Cha Cha Cha, I became aware of the extent of the night world that has recently emerged.  I went on to make most of my work over that three years with people who had been to the club at some point."

- Stephen Willats, Means of Escape, Catalogue Rochdale, 1984

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