2015 – 2018
Using lens-based photography and digital imaging, Football is an exercise in representing normative white able-bodied cisgender male formations in the terms of race, gender, embodiment, and orientation. I wanted to see what it might look like if I made a body of work that visually corporealized these intersections instead of privileging them as universal, transparent, and all-encompassing. Visually isolated away from the din of the football field, these images echo the scale and style of monumental portrait paintings and tapestries designed for the sixteenth-century palaces of the white European ruling class. Computerized filters, on the other hand, virtually approximate the nuanced texture of painted brushstrokes. Ultimately, Football frames portraiture as a cultural technology that renders human bodies as fluctuating surfaces upon which culture projects, incises, and embeds its ideals.