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SPILL 15 – Karen Finley: Written in Sand

Portrait by © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, All Rights Reserved.


To purchase as part of the SPILL All-Seeing Pass or the SPILL Week 1 Pass please call box office on 020 7650 2350. Otherwise please visit the Barbican website to book.

Written in Sand includes some of Karen Finley’s most searing work on the subject of aids. 

The work was written at a time when medical treatment was ineffective and when Karen Finley was losing her friends to the disease on a continual basis. Some pieces are excerpted from her earlier shows of the era; others are based on writing she did at the time that has never been published or performed.

Interspersing the Finley pieces are musical selections originally written or performed by musicians who died of AIDS during this period, performed by jazz artist Paul Nebenzahl.

Duration: 90 mins.
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Date and time

28–31 October 2015

Please note
This is now a past event.


Barbican (The Pit)