Tatsache (2017), single channel video loop, stereo sound. 4:24min
Ttitled after a German phrase that roughly translates to English as “matter of fact”, Tatsache is a devotional poem that calls into question totalising systems of knowledge. Bordering on being a video artwork, a song, a dance and a music video, its medium is not singularly categorical.
Lyrically, the artwork denies easy comprehension; the repeated phrase “this body is not real, this body is not fake” presents a paradox without resolution. This phrase contemplates the contradiction of trans embodiment as being internally felt and known, whilst being frequently legally and culturally framed as illegitimate.
National Gallery of Victoria, 'Archie Barry and Paul Maheke', Nov 2019 - April 2020.
Artspace Sydney, 'The Public Body .03', Aug - Oct 2018.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 'Unfinished Business', Nov 2017 - March 2018.