Genesis & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge - Life as a Cheap Suitcase (Pandrogeny & A Search for a Unified Identity) (4 stars)

Exhibition documenting embarking on Pandrogyny project in a bid to look identical to each other

This article is from 2014.

Genesis & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge - Life as a Cheap Suitcase (Pandrogeny & A Search for a Unified Identity)

From 1960s arts collective COUM Transmissions to the industrial band Throbbing Gristle and beyond, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was the ultimate self-created deity. So when he and partner Lady Jaye embarked on their Pandrogyny project in a bid to look identical to each other, it was the ultimate love story. This first UK show since 2003, the same year the pair celebrated Valentine's Day by having identical breast implants, is part document of the ongoing series of body modifications the pair underwent, part homage to Lady Jaye, whose 'body dropped' in 2007.

The scars are still there in this in-the-raw assortment of imagery that charts their quest for two to become one, both in large-scale lightbox images that provide an entry into their special world, and in elaborately framed photographs of them post-op. Elsewhere, coyote-head installations, religious iconography and royal family-subverting collages expose lives in permanent opposition.

After such extreme measures, however, it's a small black-and-white image of the pair that's most evocative – already resembling twins, their faces are captured side by side, as if looking off into some imaginary sunset, together forever.

Summerhall, 560 1590, until 26 Sep, free.

This article is from 2014.

Life as a Cheap Suitcase (Pandrogeny & A Search for a Unified Identity)

  • 4 stars

Genesis and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge's first British exhibition in 11 years is as avant-garde and shocking as expected, featuring attacks on nuclear families, Big Society and the royals.