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PSX a decade of performance art in the UK – Exhibition at the VSSL studio London

To celebrate the 10 years anniversary Performance Space is exhibiting a collection of images and It is a real pleasure to contribute.

Keijaun Thomas, 2019. Photo by Andrea Abbatangelo.

VSSL studio, 12th-19th August with live performances on Thursday 12th by Adriana Disman and Kelvin Atmadibrata.

From Performance space website:

We have chosen 10 epochal photographs from our archive  that typify the energy, attitude and ethos of the artists ]ps[ works with. Explicit, unapologetic & poetic; these images act as portals to various collaborations, geographies and moments from our past, while projecting that energy into our future(s).

Artists featured:

Jade Montserrat 
Keijaun Thomas 
Hancock&Kelly LIVE 
Ron Athey
Kris Canavan & Elizabeth Short (performing as Nick Kilby)
Nicholas Tee
Benjamin Sebastian 
Poppy Jackson
Nina Arsenault

hancock & kelly, 2017. Photo by Paul Samuel White.

Queer Communion : Ron Athey. Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles

I’m delighted to contribute to Ron first major exhibition in LA with two large prints. The images were created in the Mojave Desert in 2014.

The Exhibition will open on the 19th of June and will run all the way till the 5th of September!

Queer Communion: Ron Athey is the first major U.S. solo museum presentation of renowned Los Angeles-based performance artist Ron Athey (b. 1961), organized by guest curator Amelia Jones, noted art historian and Robert A. Day Professor of Art & Design, Vice Dean of Academics & Research, and Chair of Critical Studies at USC Roski School of Art and Design. 

As one of the most generative and important performance artists to emerge in the twentieth century, Athey challenges traditional limits of artistic practice—activating the body as a site of trauma, resistance, sexuality, and religious ecstacy. The artist, who has been HIV positive since the mid-1980s, explores pain, fetishism, power, and queer politics, commenting on the intersections and synergies among Christian fundamentalist religious traditions and ritual, through highly visceral performances and interventions.

Queer Communion is a historical survey of Athey’s internationally influential body of work, tracing the development of his artistic practice outside of institutions in the music (post-punk and goth), literature, and self-publishing scenes of the 1980s before he gained an international profile and wider exposure in the 1990s, where his work was a lightning rod within the “culture wars.” It also establishes his creative trajectory and lifework through the lens of the queer communities and networks that Athey has engaged and helped form throughout his career. The exhibition comprises videos, costumes and props from performances, photographs from the artist’s extensive archive, press clippings, and other assorted ephemera, providing a discursive view of Athey’s diverse oeuvre interweaving music, literature, performance, film, politics, opera, religion, and theater. Examining Athey’s complicated relationship to institutions, the contemporary art market, and the art historical canon, this presentation situates his work as definitive of a radical practice where art-making is a form of communion.

Performance Space 10 Years Exhibition

During Last Fridays Event on the 28th of May Performance Space is presenting a photographic exhibition spanning 10 years of activity.

From ]PS[ website:

‘We have searched our archive to come up with 10 epochal photographs that typify the energy, attitude and ethos of ]ps[. Explicit, unapologetic & poetic; these images act as portals to various collaborations, geographies and moments from our past, while projecting that energy into our future(s). Artists include:

Kris Kanavan & Elizabeth Short (performing as Nick Kilby), Poppy JacksonRon AtheyKeijaun ThomasJade Montserrathancock&kellyNicholas TeeBeanBenjamin Sebastian and Nina Arsenault & Poppy Jackson.’

The exhibition will be on display till the 4th of June and I’m pleased to have two powerful images in the mix!

Unframing Photography Group

After receiving a good number of applications we have now identified the 10 photographers/artists participating on the project!!!!

I want to thank Photo Co-op Folkestone for their experience and supervision during the selection process.

I think the group represents a good blend of experience and specialisations showing not only the multiple aspects of photography but also the vitality of Folkestone as creative hub.

We are now moving to the next phase involving creative/critical discussion on photography, the way we operate and the problems we face practicing it.

Stay tune with the development of the project as soon we will share more updates.

Unframing Photography

Let’s focus our lenses on the issues of photography! Thanks to the supervision of Photo Co-op director the 10 x photographers participating on the project have selected!!! We are now starting the new phase of the project involving creative/critical discussion … Continue reading

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Unframing Photography

In full excitement, I’m delighted to announce that Unframing Photography has been awarded a project grant from the Art Council of England. Six year after the birth of the PhotoPerfomer, Unframing Photography marks the beginning of a new investigation that targets Photography, its power, its influence and possibly its future.

The project starts by gathering together a group of experienced photographers based in Folkestone. ‘We’ photographers that we are used to compete, to hold secretly our skills and praise our craft… this time, ‘we’ are encouraged to exchange and point our cameras towards the problems that surround this powerful medium.

On this first step of the project I invite photography’s makers, thinkers and users to fill in this application form before the 10th of May (deadline extended).

Click Here!

Unframing Photography wants to provoke a series of discussions on the issues of photography and with the support of selected contributors transform the collected material into a campaign of awareness.

If you are not interested in participating but you are intrigued by the proposition please help us by sharing the open call.

Performance Research Cover

I’m very please to see the image I created with Marco Donnarumma two years ago on the cover of Performance Research ‘On Hybridity’.

Marco Donnarumma in *Eingeweide* 

Not only the title of the journal manifests my attraction for the in-between but the particular work the image relates to titled *Eingeweide* is, in my view, a fantastic research on the creative failures of technology.

I wanted to thank Frank Camillieri who edited the journal and the selected the image.

Here few link to access to the content:

‘On Hybridity’ can be accessed here:
The editorial is open access here:…/13528165.2020.1842022….
UM access to the entire issue:…/25/4…

Photography and Performance In eX change

I’m pleased to announce that on the 25th of September I will be presenting new work alongside a selection of already exhibited ones.

The new display will also mark an opportunity to visit Studio Radar in its new look and capacities.

During the last few years, I went through a lot of changes (moving to Folkestone, Tian, the PhD, the pandemic…) and I can not tell you how important has been to reconnect with my practice and recognise the development of a new perspective (hopefully enriched by all these recent life-changing experiences).

The ‘Photography and Performance In eX Change’ exhibition will be part of the Last Fridays Folkestone events.

Studio Radar @ Digital:Glassworks, Mill Bay, CT20 1JG, Folkestone.

Intellect Live Art

Intellect will be celebrating Intellect Live Art Week between 14 – 20 September 2020.

Intellect Live Art Week is a celebration of Live Art Books and Intellect Live Book Series and will be hosting exciting interviews and offering exclusive discounts on the full collection.

Double Exposures will be one of the publications on which you could have a 30% discount.

Canary Island art residency

Between December and January 2020 Rubiane, Tian and myself have spent incredible time in the fabulous Island of Canary. The art residency was initially organised by Osa Polar Espacio Creativo with the support of Atlas association in Las Palmas. We ended up in an incredible spot called Tasartico in the middle of National park in Canary Island.

During the residency I discover a new concept that right now is still making pulsating which I called ‘Intersubjective Photography’.

How can I share my photography decisions with the elements around me?

Photography is such an individualistic practice, pictured in most scenarios as the man and the camera, exploring, searching, discovering.

What about if the camera itself function as an antenna focused to capture multiple signals and transform them into photographic actions?

What about if I was taking a picture responding to the instructions given by a rock or a plant or a bird?

The contact with such a powerful nature in an incredible beautiful island has allowed me to raise new question and to address a direction of experimentation.

Can photography, practiced in a more experimented way can really allow me to expand my vision? To see deeper and more intensely?