BB Portraits project for Grindr users

Bareback Museum Grindr Life drawing
The project took place at my art studio in Arebyte studios at London City Island in 2019. Participants were invited on Grindr, as an open call on my user profile for volunteers to sit for a life drawing and discuss their experiences of using the Grindr network and their sexual encounters through the App. 
Eight volunteers were selected based on their availability and interest in the project. The volunteers were invited to pose for a 121 life drawing session at my studio. 
The sitters sat for an average duration of 3 hours, with breaks between poses. Some of the artworks created are exhibited below and my notes of the session are archived at my studio.

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Bareback Museum: Life Drawing Performance Workshop on Intimacy and Sexual Health

UCL Bareback Museum

UCL Urban Laboratory and the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies invite you to join us for a performative life drawing workshop to think collectively (and in new ways) about institutions, bodies and unprotected sex.

Start: Jul 05, 2018 05:30 PM 
End: Jul 05, 2018 08:30 PM
Location: Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH

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Antibiotics Awareness Week

Last week I was invited to antibiotics awareness day at Greenwich and Lewisham Hospital by Angela Hodgson-Teall. The encounter looked beyond the containment and micromanaging of … bad bacteria/viruses  – noted by the Yves Klein Blue Lagoon and the Island Republic signage – towards the roles of collective audience participation and evaluation. Drawing on the Nature of Empathy (Angela Hodgson-Tealls PhD), visitors, staff and clients (patients) were asked to empathise with the bacteria and draw ideas about  their relationship with them. Drawings were exhibited in low-fi cardboard (banana) boxes, stacked up together with inside spaces facing the audience and conversations with all participants. Audiences collectively evaluated each others work and developed more communal discussions about the hospital and the awareness of the over use of antibiotics.

I had many discussions about language and the way that collective experiences can effect change.  The drawing I made was of Grindr and Gonorrhoea and the problems facing sexual health with resistant bacterial infections. 

gonorrhoea antibiotics awareness day