Strike a pose was a solo performance commissioned by Vivid Projects for their Queer Traces programme in May 2015. It was performed at mac Birmingham in a night that included performance and Q&A with Harold Offeh.
Strike a pose is half an hour long. I worked with photographer Timothy James Pratt (Open Aperture UK) to create still images of a choreographed selection of poses in advance of the performance. During the live performance the images play on the projection behind me at a rate of one minute per image. I attempt to hold each pose for a minute, the continued effort in my body making the perfection behind me impossible to recreate and maintain in real life.
This performance shows the impossibility of maintaining, or even attaining, an image and the effort we go to to try despite that impossibility.
Photographs by Timothy James Pratt