• DUST BATHERS

    RAFAEL PÉREZ EVANS
  • QUEERCIRCLE is pleased to present ‘Dust Bathers’, a large-scale, site-specific installation by Rafael Pérez Evans (b. 1983, Málaga, Spain).

  • 23 FEB - 16 APR 2023 ‘Dust Bathers’ borrows the collective and transgressive techniques of minority communities protesting for survival...

     

    23 FEB - 16 APR 2023

     

    ‘Dust Bathers’ borrows the collective and transgressive techniques of minority communities protesting for survival and presents a poetic opportunity to asilvestrar – the artist’s Spanish translation for the English verb to re-wild – following the work of queer theorists, José Esteban Muñoz, Jack Halberstam and Tavia Nyong’o. A departure from urban and eco-bourgeois appropriations of the rural, ‘Dust Bathers’ will look to the robust histories and imaginative capacities of rural agricultural protest and queer dissent.

     

    Bridging two surplus communities and their respective sites of unrests – those of agricultural workers protesting on the streets, and the dancefloors of Queer nightlife – Pérez Evans will present a new experimental installation which will embody untamed, dirty gestures of resistance. By metaphorically draining the technicolour spectacle of the LGBTQ+ rainbow, Pérez Evans will invite audiences to dust bathe in earthy tones as an exercise in imagining alternative horizons. Dust bathing is an animal behaviour characterised by rolling or moving around in dust, dry earth or sand, with the purpose of removing parasites, maintaining healthy skin or transmitting chemicals to mark territory.

  • Visitors will first enter the QUEERCIRCLE exhibition space via industrial-sized, see-through PVC strip curtains, usually used to refrigerate large spaces in the industrial food industries, but also reminiscent of the entrance of now-closed East London gay bar The Joiner’s Arms. The gallery floor will be heaped with earthy material. Borrowing the machinery and language of agricultural workers, at one side of the room, a long conveyor belt connected to a large industrial hay blower will be installed. Once a day during opening hours, visitors will be invited to load earthy material with their bare hands onto the conveyor belt. Staff will turn on the machine and the conveyor belt will feed the earthy material into the blower, creating an ephemeral dust cloud, temporarily bathing the gallery and engulfing visitors in earthy tones. Outside of these scheduled activations, audiences will be invited to roll, shake, dance and dust bathe at their leisure.

     

    For the first time since its launch, QUEERCIRCLE’s side window will not be obscured, allowing passers-by and visitors not wishing to partake to view the dust storms from outside.

     

    ‘Dust Bathers’ will conclude QUEERCIRCLE’s inaugural year-long programme cycle centred around the theme of ecology.

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  • ABOUT THE ARTIST Spanish-Welsh artist Rafael Pérez Evans (b. Málaga 1983) lives and works in London and Spain. He received...
    ABOUT THE ARTIST
     

    Spanish-Welsh artist Rafael Pérez Evans (b. Málaga 1983) lives and works in London and Spain. He received an MFA and BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, and is currently reading for an Art Practice PhD at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, funded by the AHRC DTP Award. His work has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions including Insulin at No Show Space, UK (2022), Handful at The Henry Moore Institute, UK (2021), Pavo Realengo at Nogueras Blanchard Gallery, Barcelona (2017). Two-person & group exhibitions include Unpacking, Wheels at The Royal Academy, South London Gallery & Leeds Art Gallery, UK (2019- 2022), Pica at TEA Museum, Spain (2022) ; Thief, Invigilate at C3A Museum, Spain (2020) ; Salvation at Saatchi Gallery (2020) ; The Devil’s Bird – Ornithomancy at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (2019) ; L’Dounne – Divination at Matadero, Madrid (2018) & Queima at Despina, Rio de Janeiro (2015). CHIIZII