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Curated by Ruben Esparza and Stuart Sandford
Antonio Da Silva is an award-winning Portuguese artist filmmaker. With the objective of combining his interests in cinema, performance and visual arts, he undertook two master degrees in London, the first in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins and the second in Dance for the Screen at The Place – London Contemporary Dance School. Experimenting is the core of his work, He explores different artistic genres, both in terms of technique and content.
His practice is driven by daily routines and personal experiences. He has always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. He became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and has begun to make it the subject of his films over the last 5 years. His films explore topics as cruising and public sex, internet hook ups, dance and performance. He does not consider himself a pornographer but a filmmaker who uses his background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes. His films are regularly screened at festivals worldwide.
Robert Henry Mizer, known as Bob Mizer, was an American photographer and filmmaker who was known for pushing societal boundaries in his work. Bob Mizer’s earliest photographs appeared in 1942, in both color and black and white, but his career was catapulted into infamy in 1947 when he was convicted of the unlawful distribution of obscene material through the US mail. The material in question was a series of black and white photographs, taken by Mizer, of young bodybuilders wearing what were known as posing straps — a precursor to the G-string. He would serve a nine-month prison sentence at a work camp in Saugus, California for what now seems tame. At the time, however, the mere suggestion of male nudity was not only frowned upon, but also illegal.
QUEER Biennial is an international survey focusing on current moments in OUT/QUEER/LGBTQ art and culture and will showcase emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Featured work includes installation, film, live performance and historical documentation.