Memoirs of a Showwoman

9 February – 13 May 2011

Memoirs of a Showwoman invites you into the world of renowned showwoman, Marisa Carnesky.

Over the past decade Carnesky has been wowing audiences and critics alike with her spectacular shows, where experimental performance meets the traditional language of magic, burlesque and the fairground. Delving into strange worlds, Marisa´s work finds a voice for subjects both bizarre and serious, where disappeared daughters cross haunted borders and religious taboos are challenged.

Originally trained as a ballet dancer, Marisa went on to study Performance and Fine Art at the University of Brighton. Since graduation she has shown her work worldwide, from solo shows; Jewess Tattooess and Magic War, to larger scale works and group shows. Her best known and biggest show, Carnesky´s Ghost Train, first seen in London´s Brick Lane in 2004, is now permanently situated at the Flagstaff Gardens, Blackpool

Currently, Marisa Carnesky is the AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow at the National Fairground Archive. To celebrate this fellowship, The University of Sheffield is pleased to present a spectacular exhibition and a feast for the senses. Displays will delight and disturb as they showcase amazing costumes from Marisa´s shows, including the dress worn by Paloma Faith for Carnesky´s Ghost Train, collaborative works with artists such as Anthony Bennett and Mark Copeland, inspirations from the Archive and unseen material from her personal archive.

Exhibition curated by Professor Vanessa Toulmin and Karen Middlemast of The National Fairground Archive, The University of Sheffield with Marisa Carnesky.

Marisa Carnesky

Magic War

Carnesky's Ghost Train

Carnesky's Ghost Train

Dystopian Wonders