All The Ways We Could Grow: Installation | Free Word

21 Feb – 10 May 2019

A bedroom installation by Travis Alabanza and Denny Kaulbach 

“So often when we look at colours like pink, when we look at things associated as girly, we see ‘weak’. We see ‘silly’.  We see something that can’t also be damn right serious, political, dangerous and badass.”

Artists and childhood friends Travis Alabanza and Denny Kaulbach invite you into their pink fantasy bedroom refuge. Through wall text, lipstick scrawled mirrors and diaries, this poetic installation takes you into a re-imagined teenage world. This is a space where you are free to explore who you would be if no one was watching, ask questions you might be afraid of, try on clothes, take a nap in the bed, or simply relax and not know the answers. The installation was unveiled on 21 February 2019 at Free Word’s All The Ways We Could Grow Season Launch Party. You can watch the Launch Party highlight video here.

Travis Alabanza is a writer, performer and theatre maker who is shaping much of the UK conversation around trans politics. They were the youngest ever artist in residence at Tate, have performed at The V&A, ICA and Roundhouse and presented talks at universities in the UK and internationally.

Denny Kaulbach is a visual artist inspired by DIY punk design and the pop-art movement. A recent graduate from the D&AD New Blood Shift programme, they curated the publication BROKE AND BITTER and designed and collaborated on Travis Alabanza’s debut poetry book Before I Step Outside (You Love Me)

Free Word commissioned this installation as part of our All The Way We Could Grow Season, which asks how challenging restrictive expectations of genders might open up possibilities for us all.


Graphic Design: Denny Kaulbach

Photography: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Free Word


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