17th March 2017, XCHC

seeking equilibrium but also impossibility of equilibrium // opposing freedoms // different forms of tension and release and not adding a value to that // autobiographical? // finding healthy ways of healing // personal release presented as a physical release by presenting your release // even though we’re physically restrained we’re being released // euphoric freedom and physical liberation // the closer i get to freeing myself the more painful // the more bound i am the more free // i rely on the ropes // the less bound to physicality i am // for all the science and shit it’s quite simple // political // alternative modes of release // inflicting pain on ourselves to become free // confronting // vulnerable // descriptive of society // labour // emotional labour to get by // queer spectrum // displaying bodies as defiance and vulnerability // power in vulnerability

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photos by Lison Colin and Janneth Gil

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Patricia Parkin is an emerging Christchurch based artist working predominantly in performance and digital media, including photography, design, and text. They recently graduated Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design with a BFA, and previously completed an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art at Design and Arts College of New Zealand. Their practice is influenced by their fascination of self-archive normalized by social media and the contradictions of connections within social media.

Audrey Baldwin’s practice is predominantly performance based and centres around the body as a fraught space of constant contention. She investigates themes of identity, power and control through binaries such as gender, public/private and abject/erotic. Everyday actions are key fodder for reframing in an absurd or ritualistic manner that aims to destabilise entrenched ideologies.