All works above are from the series BODY COPY (2019-2020).
© Mitchell Moreno
FRAMING IDENTITY | In BODY COPY (2019-2020), Mitchell Moreno constructs imagined self portraits in response to adverts found on gay and queer hook-up sites. Acting as stylist, set decorator, subject and photographer, the artist makes each photograph on a shoe-string budget in a corner of their flat.
Comprising 30 images which sit alongside extensive curated found texts, the series interrogates ideas around the performance of masculinities; the atomisation of queer sexualities; and the interplay between identity and digital networked culture.
The exhibiting of the project at Copenhagen Photo Festival has been supported by Det Obelske Familiefond, the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Arts Foundation
Mitchell Moreno grew up in Leicester, UK, and studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. They then worked for over a decade in theatre, opera and circus as a performer and director, before shifting their practice to photography from 2017. Their explores the construction of gender, the queer gaze, and the psychotherapeutic scope of the creative process. Their work has been shown at Singapore International Photo Festival, the National Portrait Gallery London, Encontros da Imagem, and Photo LA, and has been published in the British Journal of Photography.
MITCHELL MORENO’S VIRTUAL PRESENTATION FOR THE SERIES BODY COPY.
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ARTIST’S VIDEO INTRODUCTION
“I strive to create work that doesn’t have a unary reading, but that can resonate at various different levels. But I if I had to pick up on one key thing about the series, it would be the way in which queer masculinities are highly performative, codified, and unstable constructions, rooted in material and digital cultures.” – Mitchell Moreno on the most important thing to understand about BODY COPY.