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Sweatmother: Dyke, Just Do It
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Two bodies with waists pressed up against each other, hands holding. One is wearing red and black-detailed Nike Air maxes, the other is wearing a black harness

Sweatmother presents Dyke, Just Do It, a multimedia live performance focusing on modes of dyke counternarratives and desire. It is a live and immersive experience with intergenerational performers and the screening of video work, with live visual manipulation of historical archive footage, filmed footage and commercial adverts.

The performance reflects on dyke representation in capitalist contexts, and how these can be co-opted and reclaimed into new realms of desire. Through a process of repurposing found footage and reworking archival text, pride slogans and advert taglines the piece explores how dyke culture can transform itself and overcome its assimilation into heteronormative modes of representation and censorship.

Sweatmother is an artist and filmmaker based in London. His moving image work blends performance, self-recorded documentation, internet and archival text/footage in order to explore and make visible queer lived experiences. Experimental techniques are often incorporated throughout his work such as the triple baked method, an original image making technique using a video synthesizer.

Sweatmother seeks to create art for his community to share, learn from and find solace in sensitive depictions of their shared raw realities and obscured histories. He continues to develop his visual art practice alongside his collaborations and lived experiences, proposing new ways the world can interact with otherness.

Sweat is the founder of Otherness Archive, a digital archive documenting queer films and its pioneers.

Concept, Audiovisual design, performance: Sweatmother
Movement direction: Eve Stainton
Producers: Natasha Chubbuck and Eve Veglio-Hüner
Sound composition: Jennifer Walton
Performers: emilyn claid, Spirit Doll, KVL, An(dre)a Spisto, WombMan (Jetsün Shenkyong-ma), Frank Belcourt, starlows, Amani.
Set + Costume Design: Guia Bertorello 
Set + Costume Design Assistant: Dylan McDonnell
Artist Care Person: Seyi Adelekun
Artist Assistant: Josie Long
Mentor: Phoebe Patey-Ferguson
Poster Design + Concept: Sweatmother
Poster Photography + Lighting: Cris Volpe
Poster Featuring: Lola Trifunovic + Sweatmother

With thanks to Kamila Serkebaeva

Supported and funded by Arts Council England and BALA Projects.
08:00 pm
Tue, 07 Nov 2023
08:00 pm
Wed, 08 Nov 2023

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