To coincide with Birmingham Heritage Week, Ikon presents Stuart Whipps, The Kipper and The Corpse.
The Kipper and The Corpse, which takes its name from an episode of British sitcom Fawlty Towers, sees Whipps attempting the complete restoration of a 1979 Mini, calling on the assistance and mechanical expertise of former British Leyland workers.
The car, here for the first time in its fully refurbished state, is the focal point of the exposition alongside photography, texts and archival material from 1979, including political cartoons referencing British Leyland. The year holds particular significance for Whipps; it was the year of his birth, Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister and it saw the sacking of British Trade Unionist Derrick Robinson, otherwise known as ‘Red Robbo’, at the Longbridge motor works. Forty years on, The Kipper and The Corpse focuses entirely on this moment in history, exemplifying Whipps’ interest in the ramifications of the past on the present through cycles of political and socio-economic change.
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