Midsumma: Cry by Jessi Lewis
A visual collaboration between portraiture and performance
‘Stripped of armour to a transparent vulnerability. Individuals in private pain – shared in unexpected 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 more.’ – Jessi Lewis
‘Cry’ is the first foray into portraiture and videography by Melbourne-based performance artist and writer Jessi Lewis. ‘Cry’ challenges the notion of masculinity, while transgressing the realms of sexuality and asking ‘What role does art assume in this ongoing shift in perception?’ Moving and honest, ‘Cry’ shows men opening up and revealing their vulnerability through the tears they shed in video portraits.
About the artist
Jessi Lewis has been creating solo performance for 13 years nationally and internationally, most recently in Indonesia, Malaysia and India. Alongside his cross disciplinary solo works are his collaborative explorations with individuals across a broad spectrum of investigative, cultural and creative backgrounds. His work is never comfortable, always challenging the ideals of the mainstream. Through art he believes that bridges can be built between individuals and communities.
The exhibition is part of Midsumma Festival 2018. The Abbotsford Convent is proud to support independent artists.
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