Liturgía is the culmination of work by artist in residence Chris Hinojosa as part of our We Only Want the Earth 2020 programme. The work takes its point of departure from the ever rising death toll of trans women of color worldwide. Statistics show that in 2019 there were around 400 reported murder cases in the US, Hinojosa’s home state of Texas making up about 33 of those cases, all of which were persons of color.
Liturgía plunges us into a world of new mythologies, drawing comparisons between the Catholic martyrdom of saints, and the real tangible bodies of those whom we have lost in the trans community. Operating in the liminal space between death and rebirth, searching for retribution and acknowledging these new canonized saints of self-becoming, Hinojosa invites us into a fantasy realm of beatific vision and grief. Slipping between autobiography and fiction, relationships between trauma, desire, and myth are given form. The voice materialises through the light chantilly curtains, then disappears into thin air. From relics growing crystals and pearl, sensuous but ethereal, cloaked in skin-like raiments, the martyr emerges.
Liturgía invites audiences to partake in dialogues around trans identities, trauma, and insists in performance as a method for centering, archiving and transmitting repressed histories.
Liturgía is kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland’s Art Grant Funding 2020.
Chris Hinojosa (b. 1992, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) holds a MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London and completed her BFA in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hinojosa has exhibited across the U.K. and internationally. Most recent exhibitions include PROTEST! At the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (Dublin, IE 2020); Our Becoming As The Possibility To Be, Resist? Converge and Depend, (San Jose, Costa Rica 2019); Pearl (You Amuse Me / I Frighten You) curated by Camille Brechignac, b.Dewitt Gallery, The Workshop London, (London, U.K., 2018).
Chris Hinojosa is the recipient of our artist in residence award in partnership with Create: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and consulting artists gender.RIP.
As social distancing and associated restrictions on the opening of social and cultural venues remain in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, aspects of the presentation of this work have necessarily changed from offline to online. Although it has been possible to install the work in the gallery space, an online artist-in-conversation event, a live-streamed artist talk and gallery tour and other presentations of work have taken the place of live performances and audience visits.
Exhibition Opening | Thursday 25th June
5pm: Liturgía Film Broadcast: The film will be broadcast on this page on the day between 5pm and 5:45pm. No booking Required.
6pm: In Conversation with:
Lilith Carroll (Transgender Equality Network Ireland, TENI),
Alber Saborío (gender.RIP) and,
Áine Crowley (Create National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts,
will discuss the work, followed by a Q&A.
To book your ticket for the discussion please visit our website via this link.
Exhibition Duration | 26th June – 9th July
Gallery Stream: 12pm-5pm Daily
Liturgía Film Broadcast: 5pm Daily
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