That Part of me that Lives on Vague Nostalgia (The Theatricality of the Protagonist)

Place: The Vallum Gallery, Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle, England

Duration: 3 hours continuous

Material: Human form, A3 paper w/ description of original performance, grayscale photograph, blue tarpaulin, steel toe capped boots, latex gloves, shovel, hazard tape, heavy duty trousers, jumper, wool hat, wrench

2019

Presenting my physical form amongst the symbolic assemblage of a previous performance (that part of me that lives on vague nostalgia), I employ gesture as a type of documentation. My ‘return’ as the works protagonist flirted with a semblance of aesthetic authenticity. However, I could be seen playing up my trauma, embodying a picturesque image of physical distress – a state merely implied by the description of the nostalgia performance. Loaning this suggestive physicality, I present my ‘staged’ production of emotional turmoil, becoming a poseur. 

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Max Wilkins

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