Image: EO Gill, Cleave 2020
Cleave is accompanied by a commissioned text by artist, curator and writer Frances Barrett.
Cleave, meaning both to split or sever and to stick to, presents two slippery figures in a domestic setting who perform the same scenes over and again, with changes in emphasis, intonation and camera placement.
The project uses the formal and aesthetic properties of amateur pornography and erotic narrative to question issues of agency, pleasure and autonomy with the aim of critiquing the regulative, exploitative regimes of body and gender representation that reinforce hetero normative models of sexual desire and naturalised behaviour.
EO Gill was the winner of the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Prize at the 2020 Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize. This exhibition is presentedin partnership with Midsumma Festival.
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