Q-HUBRIS / GAZE DIALOGUE
(2018) Performance, mesh prints, video art
“Hubris referred to actions that shamed and humiliated the victim for the pleasure or gratification of the abuser. The term had a strong sexual connotation, and the shame reflected upon the perpetrator as well. “
Stay still, let me cover you in gold.
Let me create a God out of you.
I’ll make my shame yours, I’ll make you stay still for me.
The performance addresses the power structures in the relationship between idol and worshipper, the expectations and reality, and what is asked of those who make gods of themselves.
These type of dynamics happen across structures: pop stars and fans, white people and every other race, cis/straight people and the LGBTQIA+ community. The history repeats itself across time: superior and submissive, one is aspiration the other is despised, right and wrong, beautiful and ugly, worthy and worthless, stillness and motion.
Q-HUBRIS commissioned for Sadler's Wells theatre
GAZE DIALOGUE commissioned for Intonal Festival/INKONST (Malmö SE)
Ph. Zbigniew Tomasz Kotkiewicz (Q-HUBRIS)
Thomas Riis Jensen (GAZE DIALOGUE)