About the artist:
I work across photography, video, digital, and performance. My main interests are the tensions between the individual and the place and circumstances they inhabit, and the human mind in conflict with itself.
My photographs are taken using available light and minimal post-processing. My videos are precisely composed and edited in order to achieve a coherent cinematic mood that traps the viewer inside a particular subjective experience.
In past projects, I depicted abandoned empty spaces as psychologically charged by looking for traces of their long gone inhabitants. In current projects, I am branching into portraits, performance and narrative film to explore individuals’ unique relationship with gender roles, and how it may relate to their yearnings and aspirations.
I hold a MA Digital Arts with Distinction from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and have exhibited internationally, including at the Royal West of England Academy, FILE Electronic Arts Festival (Brazil), Electrofringe Festival (Australia), Optica Festival (Spain & Argentina), Portland Experimental Film Festival, Gendereel Film Fest touring the USA, Instants Video France, Wotever DIY Queer Film Fest at The Cinema Museum London, on the website of the Photographer’s Gallery London and Visions in the Nunnery, London.
About the artwork:
‘Tricyclic Transform’ documents the creation and self-destruction of my ‘biologically-challenged drag-queen’ alter-ego Miss Liliane. ‘Tricyclic Transform’ theatricalizes the experience of being genderqueer: the character on screen tries to negotiate restrictive gender-roles by performing symbolic rituals, but the inability of their mind to comfortably inhabit any predefined role causes them to get trapped in an endless loop of repeated, pointless gestures. ‘Tricyclic Transform’ presents gender as a cyclical spectrum: the character tries on gender identities as they try on clothes and gestures. But each time new inner conflicts arise, propelling them further round the gender wheel, until they come back full circle, to a genderless, endlessly questioning, naked body.
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“I’m especially keen on hearing from musicians and sound designers, as I lack these skills, but interested in any kind of collaborations with any artist in any media sharing my interests/themes/outlook.”