Ivan Lupi has a Masters in Queer Studies in Arts and Culture from the Birmingham University. Since 2001 Lupi has been one of the founders and active members of the collective Amae, with which he has contributed to various collaborations and exhibitions in China, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, United Kingdom. In 2016 Lupi started his own production as a single performer along with Amae’s series of work. His most recent and relevant events include: ‘The Voice and the Lens’ - Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2014), ‘The slip of the tongue’ - Palazzo Grassi Punta della Dogana (Venice 2015), ‘Transformations’ by LiVEART.US - Queens Museum (New York 2016), ‘MAKING SPACE’ - CoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art (Christchurch 2017), ‘Visualeyez Annual Festival of Performance art’ - Latitude 53 Art Gallery (Edmonton 2017), 'WTF?!' - MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology (Auckland 2018)
& MANA TIMU
‘IMMIGRANTS WELCOME’ is a hybrid performance that investigates the notion of ‘political bodies’ bringing together different practices and languages such as graffiti and tattooing. Over the course of thirteen hours Ivan Lupi will realise the image from one of Khrist's graphic works - by allowing himself to be tattooed with the text IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME. The work challenges concepts of a boundaried body or territory, associating the control of nation-state borders with hetero-normative politics. The figure exudes an unabashed joy in his own vulnerability that is the antithesis of the toxic patriarchal fear that sharing, giving,, or opening up space to others leaves one with less. The nationalistic xenophobic hetero-masculine structure regulates its borders as strictly as it does its anus.
Tattooist: Mana Timu
Supported by Wellington City Council Public Art Fund
Khristopher Khrist is an artist living in Spavinaw USA. Incubated in the miasma of Middle America and having cut his teeth on Oklahoma small town rust and later Kansas City’s black top streets, Khrist is a self taught illustrator and instigator. Khrist uses a a DIY aesthetic with hand-inked drawings, household appliance/makeshift graffiti stencilling, newsprint and magazine clippings. These mixed media works explore tensions between the political and the personal through a queer lens.