Elvis trribute act Mike Nova is filmed performing next the art work he is featured in at FOLD Gallery London. 'I Just Can’t Help Believing' is a new photographic installation by Dmitri Galitzine and Andrew Chapman consisting of thirty framed photographs of the UK’s most popular Elvis Presley tribute acts. The photographs were included in an exhibition entitled, 'When Shall We Set Sail for Happiness?' first shown at Down Stairs, a contemporary art gallery in Herefordshire. Following its success, the show toured to FOLD gallery in central London where Mike Nova performed a special set for the exhibition's catalogue launch.
Andrew Chapman has been photographing Elvis impersonators for the past eight years and he has been the official photographer at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival for the past five. This annual convention in South Wales is the biggest Elvis tribute festival in the world, with many of the acts travelling over from the US and beyond. Contemporary artist, Dmitri Galitzine met Andrew Chapman while walking along the pier at Porthcawl. Both had cameras and were wearing Elvis T-‐shirts. Galitzine has worked with Chapman’s extensive archive of performers to create a wall of fame, which has had a huge impact with Elvis fans across the country.
“I was interested in the way these photographs convey a sense of the imaginary and the real, and the interplay that emerges between them. I was instantly drawn to Andrew’s enormous archive of ETAs and we have drawn together a series of photographs, displayed like a wall of fame that has a real impact when placed in a gallery context.”