Parma Ham (they/them) is an artist, curator, musician, and DJ based in London. Since 2014 they have been a producer with the Serpentine Galleries.
Ham is a proponent of goth, industrial and dark techno music. They hold a DJ residency at Torture Garden, and run their own event Wraith by programming subversive performance, music and fashion. Alongside Wraith, Ham edits the annual magazine Inertia which focuses on performance, ritual and nightlife. They have recently played at Memento Mori (New York), Soft Leather (LA), WHOREDOM (Paris), Ritual (Rome), Wave Gottik Treffen (Leipzig) and Sin Ethics (Tel Aviv). Last year they supported Boy George, Nitzer Ebb, and Marc Almond; as well as scoring the music for the Comme Des Garcons Fall runway show in Paris.
In February 2019, Ham curated Community Guidelines - an exhibition at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Los Angeles during Frieze:LA on the theme of censorship on social media and how it stifles creativity for the artists who primarily work on these platforms; the show then travelled to the Tom of Finland foundation. In September 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Ham curated an exhibition on the lost world of queer and alternative nightclubs called Physical Distancing, since nightlife was banned in the UK for 18 months due to lockdown.
In October 2019, Ham began Nullo which is the collaboration with Salvia. This design project launched via a runway show with a collection of surreal sex toys and fetishwear based on transhuman bodily augmentation and mutation, the project has since manifested through VR, performance and sculpture. Ham is individually represented by Anti Clone Gallery, their silicone based work takes the form of canvases, and design objects such as lamps and tables; with objects that intersect organic forms with the manmade.
Ham also performs with their music project New Flesh alongside Angus Peachtree. The duo intersects performance ritual alongside techno-goth inspired music.
Ham came to worldwide attention for their extreme style, with videos of their huge hair styles racking up a viral 70 million views. They commentate on goth & subculture, the arts, and gender non conformity.