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May All Acts Of Love And Pleasure Be My Rituals | Ophelia Bakowski

3 July 2021 - 1 November 2021


May All Acts Of Love And Pleasure Be My Rituals is a video work which explores Nature as a conduit (channeling) for the facilitation of transcendent states. Invoking forms of magick, rituals of healing are performed for a queer body.


Through the mutation of time in their video practice, Ophelia Bakowski conjures into being states of reflection and meditation for the viewer. Performing rituals of elemental connection; the baptism of water and light heal the hardships and traumas of body and mind.


The title of the work becomes a mantra and spell to navigate in harmony with the currents and breezes of the soul. Informed from the symbolic motifs of the Tarot and religious iconography, a cyclical journey wraps around itself into a spiral of ritualised gesture, as performance and artist transmute into one.


For Ophelia, the fluidity and interconnectivity of Nature and identity allows for a reciprocal consciousness to share what is deeply personal and communal, sexual and platonic, identity and deidentification – In all, it is a rejection to the seduction of binaries.









1,2. Ophelia Bukowski May All Acts Of Love And Pleasure Be My Rituals (stills) 2019. Single channel HD colour video with sound. Courtesy of the artist

3,4. Ophelia Bukowski May All Acts Of Love And Pleasure Be My Rituals (install views) 2021. Photography by Jon Butt

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