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Photography by Ellis Scott

Scott and Scottee at Digitaria

Dazed contributor Ellis Scott opens his photography exhibition at Soho boutique Digitaria.

Last Thursday, not even the inexplicable monsoon rain in London could stop droves of people trying to cram themselves into boutique and exhibition space Digitaria on Berwick Street to celebrate Ellis Scott's reportage work of London performance artists like Theo Adams, Scottee and Masumi Typsy.  Scottee is responsible for curating the exhibitions and events at Digitaria and the private view of Ellis' work kicks off a month of various events that range from "How to become a (Alternative) Drag Queen" to therapy workshops, that all come with a negative seal of approval from the Arts Council. We speak to Ellis about his first meeting with Scottee and what he's up to next.     

Dazed Digital: How did you get involved in photographing Scottee's performance art?
Ellis Scott: I met Scottee for the first time at his club: Anti Social in Vauxhall when an obese 40 year old mother asked if I wanted to take her photo. As this was one of the first nights I went out doing club photography I said ok. She then proceeded to remove her top and play with her breasts, so when I saw Scottee in his Texas chainsaw massacre outfit complete with hill billy dungarees I grabed him and pushed him next to her and took some photos. The next week I went to another of his clubs and I had printed off the photo and gave it to him, he then wouldn't believe me that my name was Scott and we have been collaborating ever since.

DD: How would you interpret what Scottee does?
Ellis Scott: Scottee's work has transformed a lot since I met him.  At present I find it's very autobiographical. In his recent show "Buy a better you" he sings and performs about his relationship with his mother and eating disorders. This allows him to convey a huge array of truthful emotions making his performances visually spectacular.

DD: What are you working on at the moment?
Ellis Scott: At present i am trying to concentrate on my fashion and editorial career, however Scottee and I have been working on a book together called Scott and Scottee.

Digitaria, 60 Berwick St, Soho, Mon-Sat 11am - 7pm Sun 12pm - 5pm