Solo artist 2020

Mitchell Moreno

BODY COPY

Mitchell Moreno was represented on the 2020 Festival Centre with ‘Body Copy’. With this project Moreno seeks to explore the constructed and performed masculinities of queer culture in relation to power and identity politics. In a series of performative self-portraits, they responds to texts on male same-sex hook-up sites. They scour apps and websites for adverts looking for people and acts which are notable for their specificity, and which are within the scope of Moreno’s physical characteristics.

By taking the texts of the advert (which also become the title of the picture) and creating the ideal response through a self-portrait, Moreno engages with the dynamic between identity and body. The series aim to interrogate ideas around the construction and performativity of masculinities; the atomisation of queer sexualities; digital identity and the transactional discourse of online dating; and the photographic portrait as an unreliable and unstable signifier of the self. Moreno acts as both stylist, set decorator, subject and photographer, and each image is made on a shoe-string budget in a corner of their flat.

Moreno’s work is engaged with queer culture, the performativity of gender, and the non-conforming body as a charged site relating to discourses of power, agency, and identity politics. Additionally, they are interested in the problematics of the documentary genre and the semiotics of photographic truth and fiction. Moreno’s work has been shown in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Prize, and has been published in Photomonitor and the British Journal of Photography.

BIOGRAPHY

Mitchell Moreno (pronouns they/them/their) was born in Leicester, UK, as a child of a barmaid and a builder. After studying at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, they worked for over a decade in theatre as a performer and director. From 2017 they refocused their creative practice around photography, in which they are self-taught.