Love Manifesto: Embodying disorientation through erotohistoriography

Ceglarz, Jakub Jan (2020) Love Manifesto: Embodying disorientation through erotohistoriography. [Show/Exhibition]

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In her book ‘Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories’ Elizabeth Freeman (2010) recognises the erotic body as a method to speak about non-normative experience of chronopolitics for queer identities. Ceglarz’s research borrows Freeman’s method (erotohistoriography) and applies it in practice-led fine art research in order to materialise pleasurable nooks of time and to create experiences of disorientating interruptions. His research seeks to disjoint the dominant narrative of pain and trauma in discourses on LGBTQI+ identities.

Ceglarz does this by focusing on materialising the experience of melancholy that emerges from the loss of spaces that served and cared for gay erotic practices. His installation titled ‘Love’ (2019) uses a combination of works that reflect on the migration of these spaces from the partially public sphere into pre-dominantly private. In these works he uses phallic imaginary embedding it with the domestic materialities and practices; from plates, egg cups, table cloths and hand towels that are painted, embroidered ironed and displayed. Accompanying the installation is a performance piece comprised of: reading out aloud the ‘Love Manifesto’ (Ceglarz, 2019); a love letter addressed to ‘My Dear Old Faggots’: and phallic shaped glitter pieces thrown sporadically into the air from a coffee cup with the word ‘Cocksucker’ painted on it. To enhance this experience, Ceglarz also uses the poetry of Jean Genet in his pieces, attenuating the non-chrononormative melancholy that allows for the “collapse of past and future into an immediate intensity” (Johnny Golding, 2013).

The installation and performance piece formed the basis of a solo exhibition in the international artist-run space, Lab155, Bologna (2019), and were part of the international conference ‘Un-tie the Knot: Redefining normativity in Love’ (2019) part of ORGAN VITA arts festival in Croatia held in the Museum of Nicola Tesla, Zagreb.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: This output is composed of a series of artefacts and exposition (Research Catalogue) that are part of the final exhibition (Love, 2019) and performance (Love Manifesto, 2019-2020).
Date: 15 December 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: queer theory, art research, continental philosophy, artistic methodologies
Subjects: V500 Philosophy
W100 Fine Art
W700 Crafts
W800 Imaginative Writing
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA32: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Art
Depositing User: Jakub Ceglarz
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 13:24
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2020 13:24

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