Beija Flo has shared a beautiful and contrasting video for new single ‘Nudes’, directed by Natalie Bedkowska. It comes as part of a series of pieces circling this song which will culminate in an exhibition taking place in Liverpool in January.
The exhibition Inside The Walls: Nudes, Anxieties and Other Content. It runs from 17 January until 2 February 2020 at Output Gallery in Liverpool. Admission will be free and we will be announcing a programme of free events to accompany this exhibition over the coming months.
“This very personal collection of music and art is about how I saw and captured my body, and how it as touched, over a specific period of time. A period of time in which I had a series of blemishing break-ups and sexual partners, during a very hard year in my life. Whilst struggling with my weight and mental health, I lost a lot of people and pushed the rest away. I still can’t explain why I did this. In a mad panic of distrust and anxiety, I could not bear to be touched or even continue to exist – at least, not in the world I was in. In a desperate longing for someone to see me as I was, to start again, I gave trust to the wrong people and received scars in return.
I also gave trust to the right people and got my body back.”
Beija Flo on ‘Nudes’ and her exhibition ‘Inside The Walls’
As part of the event programme for the exhibition, very limited tickets are now on sale for an extremely special event Beija Flo’s Nudes at The Kazimier Stockroom on Saturday 1st February 2020 : Please note, we have a number of free tickets for those who are unemployed or on benefits. More information will be provided on this at a later date.
A true polymath, Beija Flo, has crafted her own universe, pulling together elements of activism, performance art and education. Impossible to pin down, her sound is one that encompasses everything from open hearted balladry to acerbic punk. Tackling everything from love and relationships through to mental and sexual health, she is truly an artist for our times, juxtaposing her darkest moments against those of enduring hope.
Telling her story through her songs, she lets us into her world and teaches us not to be fearless, but to wear our insecurities as warpaint: to accept our differences, embrace our similarities and to live our lives as true and as vibrant as possible. To witness Beija Flo live is an unforgettable experience. Songs, performance and costumes aside she provokes a conversation that many would shy away from. Having discovered she was born with MRKH Syndrome when she was in her late teens, and as a young woman, coming to terms with the fact that there was little in the way of support or even relevant information to help her come to terms with how the condition would affect her: Beija Flo’s reality is weaved through music and the narrative she shares with an ever growing audience.
“Life is a series of shifts. People visit. Some leave gifts behind. Some litter. Some decimate.
The brain and the body has become a personal jungle; dangerous and eerie at night-time. Nudes is loneliness in limbo. Nudes is anguish. Nudes is trust. Nudes is doubt. Nudes is fear. Nudes is exhaustion. Nudes is therapy.
Nudes is mine.”
Beija Flo on the song ‘Nudes’
‘Nudes’ is the third song to be released by Beija Flo. It follows previous singles ‘One of Those Things’ and ‘Mary’, two polar-opposite sides of the artist. This new offering strips back the stage paint and leotards, allowing Beija Flo to explore the relationship she has with her body. Despite how we feel about ourselves, ‘Nudes’ serves as a reminder that when everyone leaves, our body is still there, even if we feel let down by it, it is still our constant companion.
An Essex-native, Beija Flo now calls Liverpool her home. Involved in lots of happenings in the burgeoning arts scene, she is a regular life-model, part of the Eggy Records fold of exciting bands and artists, a member of performing arts collective The Secret Circus and recently did her first spoken word performance at the Everyman Theatre as part of Violette’s ‘Word’ (Previous performers include Selena Godden and Emma Warren) Spontaneous and with an undying lust for creative output, it’s impossible to say what she’ll turn her hand to next.
Accompanied by poetry along with self-portrait photography and illustrations, ‘Nudes’ allows Beija Flo to showcase her artistry in different ways. No one-trick-pony: this new single can only whet our appetites for what is to come.
Sat 16th– Eggy Records presents Sea Bass V, SOUND, Liverpool
Mon 25th – Gaslight Club, Oporto, Leeds
Sat 1st – Beija Flo’s Nudes, Kazimier Stockroom, Liverpool – TICKETS