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

3 July 2021 - 18 September 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.


 


Image: Ophelia Bukowski May All Acts Of Love And Pleasure Be My Rituals (still) 2019. Single channel HD colour video with sound. Courtesy of the artist

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