turn your cloak for fairy folks live in old oaks.

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turn your cloak for fairy folks live in old oaks. In copyright. Source: Wellcome Collection.

About this work


"As time passes the den is no longer only used by Sop, but by others including the bees that are burrowed in the ground within the den, and a robin that visits. The dancer in this newly commissioned film represents a body in relation to the structure of the den, which is a silent witness to the performance. The title comes from an Old English folk saying to charm against the actions of fairies."--Text provided by curatorial team, which accompanied the video exhibited in Rooted Beings.


[London] : Sop, 2021.

Physical description

1 online resource (1 video file (7:39 min.)) : sound, colour

Biographical note

"Artist Sop explores alternative strategies for self-care during the Covid-19 pandemic through a series of meditative sound works. As someone in the "clinically extremely vulnerable" category, Sop was forced to shield during the pandemic. They narrate the process of building a secret den in a cemetery at the edges of a wood near where they live. The den provides a space for respite, deeply connected to nature: a structure of protection and safety in which to take shelter."--From Wellcome Collection's website. https://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/X2s3IBMAAHbq_CtG

Related material

Documentation related to Sop's commission is held by Wellcome Collection, reference PP/SOP https://wellcomecollection.org/works/f2hw3jyp
Complemented by (work): Den. 1. (b32496485)
Complemented by (work): Den. 2. (b32496497)
Complemented by (work): Den. 3. (b32892056)
Complemented by (work): Your den. (b32880571)



Copyright note

Sop. All rights reserved.

Creator/production credits

Director, Sop ; editor, Kester Davies ; soundtrack, MIDDEX and Markland Starkie.
Dancer, Michaela Gerussi.

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in Rooted Beings held at Wellcome Collection, London, 24 March - 29 August 2022.


Title provided by artist.
Commissioned by Wellcome Collection in 2021 for the Rooted Beings exhibition.



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