©2019 Brandon Giessmann




Spring 2019

The body is an archive. I am interested in how flesh can speculate and project beyond the present to bridge gaps in knowledge and experiences of queer history, illness, and trauma. Endurance-based performances utilize abstraction and metaphor to collapse time through the embodiment of unfamiliar and uncomfortable sensations like frostbite and abrasion. Objects from the performances are imbued with memories, becoming documents that carry significance through staining, decay, and re-presentation. This process is chronicled using photography, images being reiterated and reinterpreted through digital and Polaroid film to mirror the loss that occurs due to shame, pain, and death. These strategies disclose fragments, relying on one another to inform and contextualize my ambivalence about connecting to traumas that are not explicitly my own.