Christopher Udemezue: “Lend Me Your Hearts, Not Your Headlines” (Performance)

The following performance video by New York based artist Christopher Udemezue (aka Neon Ladosha) was shot in June, where he performed in conjunction with this year’s Queerin’ Queens pride event at the Queens Museum of Art, hosted by the queer film series CIMEROSA. The live piece was based on an installation video by the artist, which consists of elements of the “It Gets Better” video by Jamey Rodemeyer (a 14 year old, who took his life at the age of 14 after being bullied), and a horrible lynching video which went viral under the title They did this to him because he was gay!” (- it shows how a man gets set on fire by a mob, supposedly in Nigeria). During the performance, the video is partially projected on the artist, who is at first dressing up and putting on make up, while carefully examining him/her-self and the audience in front of a mirror. In the second part of the performance he/she pulls the viewer’s attention further away from the projection, moving dance to a distorted version of the reggae classic “Bam Bam” by Sister Nancy. But watch yourself.

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