In “Rite of Passage”, I reflect on the physical transformation my brother is undergoing during covid19 quarantine, the performance of masculinity and my gaze as a brother, who himself is coming to terms with the disorientation of manhood. I tried yanking my legs out of their sockets, dislocating them and putting them elsewhere useful. I tried growing extra tall, growing extra flesh. Holding my breath, biting my teeth and moving my rotting vessel towards a way out. I remember I cried and felt guilty and angry about crying since this would defeat the objective to evolve into a normal stoic human that muffles its tears.
LEVI VAN GELDER (1995) — ARTIST/DESIGNER AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS +316(0)48839907 MA Design Sandberg Instituut (2020), BFA Product / Spatial Design HKU (2017)
Driven by visual storytelling, artistic research and pedagogic collaboration, I aim to unearth frictions between compounds of reality and fiction, representation and misrepresentation, and to tap into the dormant spaces of critical and whimsical play nestled inside others. By means of performative research, I sketch out a realm that ranges from provocative tropes within pop culture to history formation. Through quick-witted storytelling and critique, I create a (hyper)reality show of distorted nonhuman characters that question authenticity and reveal layers of depth in the superficial.