SAFE PPE MED PLAY ANYONE?, 2020
From the series BODY COPY
Giclée print on 260 gram Canon Luster
42 x 59,4 cm.
Ed. 25 + 2 AP
In Mitchell Moreno’s series BODY COPY (2019-2020) the artist constructs and performs self-portraits in response to adverts found on dating and hook-up apps. Acting as stylist, decorator, subject and photographer, all the images are made on a tiny budget in the artist’s flat. A range of archetypes and acts explore ways in which queer masculinities are performative, codified, and unstable constructions, rooted in material and digital cultures. The work presented here SAFE PPE MED PLAY ANYONE? was made in May 2020. It responds to one found text from a flurry of online posts in which the men advertising seek creative ways of interacting socially and sexually in the context of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Mitchell Moreno (pronouns they/them/their) grew up in Leicester, UK and studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, before working for over a decade in theatre as a performer and director. From 2017 they refocused their creative practice around photography. Their work is engaged with queer culture, the performance of gender, and the non-conforming body as a charged site relating to discourses of power, agency, and identity politics. Their 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.