In response to the theme of Anxiety I created a short film that is being shown at the 57th Venice Biennale in a satellite project devised and curated by Vanya Balogh. The resulting film is “The Pencil Test”. We are so used to the sexualised bodies of celebrities and porn stars that exposing a normal middle-aged body becomes a subversive act. Images of women’s nipples are banned from social media and some countries around the world put legal restrictions on what women can wear. I don’t agree with this: these corroding anxieties help neither men nor women.
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The Pencil Test from nerys mathias on Vimeo.
13th May – 26th November 2017
Open daily Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. You have lots of time to see it!
Press Release EMPIRE II sml
This is a radio programme from Resonance fm about the exhibition, The News Agents with Jude Cowan Montague and Glenn Fitzy Fitzgerald and Gzillion artist. It gives a good overview of what is it like to go to Venice for the Biennale: