Cry: Jessi Lewis
A visual collaboration between portraiture and performance, challenging the notion of masculinityPresented by Jessi Lewis
"Portraits stripped of amour to a transparent vulnerability. Individuals in private pain. shared in intimate spaces. In a poetic silence, these emotions swell, filling up the space between you and I. With each tear we shed, a new layer does emerge. Here we remain, transfixed in a state of flux, translucent beings, waiting and wanting of more. Do we dare cry?
A visual collaboration between portraiture and performance, which challenges the notion of masculinity, while transgressing the realms of sexuality. Is it still seen as a weakness for boys to cry, and what role can art play in progressing this ongoing shift in perception.
Six separate feeds will feature a moving exhibition of video portraits of men crying. The exhibition will include familiar faces from Melbourne arts and queer communities. In extension this work hopes to strike conversation that extends further than the gallery space, and act as a celebration of fragility, weakness and the ability to remain open to others.