COLLAGE ON VIEW
I Kissed A Boy And I Liked It!
Online at The Gay Project in Cork City, Ireland
15 May 2020, 6:30PM
“I Kissed A Boy And I Liked It!” is a virtual exhibition, live video, and a Q&A based on an ongoing project by Cork-based multimedia artist Silvio Severino exploring masculinity via collage of found images in both analogue and digital media. The spectrum of male iconography is examined, from machismo stereotypes to homoerotic expression, and refracted through a range of realist, surrealist and abstract visions.
Silvio is particularly interested in exploring how maleness is represented in contemporary media. Using images torn from print media, including sources ranging from books to male magazines, Silvio deconstructs and re-assembles representations of the male body. Detaching visual gestures from the original images provides a platform for interrogating the intentions of both the original creator of the image and it’s intended viewers. Current widespread social criticism of masculinity, in it’s toxic and destructive forms, provides a rich milieu for Silvio’s intense reflections on these topics via a queer gaze, as a gay man born and raised in a conservative, hyper-macho Brazilian society.
View the event through the Facebook event page.
About the artist:
Silvio Severino is a contemporary photographer, collage, and gif artist. He works in both analog and digital formats, whereby he can cross and recross the traditional and the contemporary. Silvio is searching for new values and new visual languages that will allow him to incorporate photography, collage, and animation in new formats. With Silvio and his work, photography often becomes collage, with collage often becoming animated gif. The themes of his work range from nature and the urban, to consumerism and the idealization of beauty and sexuality, from art versus capitalism, and to the banality of publicity and celebrity. Silvio was born and raised in Brazil, but has spent the last twenty years in Europe, and now lives in Cork City, Ireland. You can view his work on his Instagram @loop_conspiracy.
The Gay Project
4 South Terrace
Cork City T12 DP46, Ireland