“Noli Me Tangere,” an exhibition by artist Kelvin Burzon, will be on see Aug. 30-Dec. 10 at Stage of Contact Gallery. Admission is totally free and open up to the general public Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. or by appointment, with proper social distancing and confront masks worn more than the nose and mouth. Guided tours will be available practically or on ask for.
Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. As a little one rising up in a Filipino lifestyle, Burzon’s first ambition was to turn into a Catholic priest. “I have generally been fascinated in the religion’s part in lifestyle and familial relationships and have been drawn to the religion’s traditions, imagery, theatricality, and its psychological vestige,” states Burzon. His function is influenced by cerebral influences increasing up in and around the church. “My cultural and familial identity, my recollections as a kid, are unable to be separated from the church. It was an integral aspect of what it meant to be Filipino,” Burzon adds.
Burzon received MFA degree from Indiana University’s University of Artwork + Style and design, wherever he formulated his most current bodies of operate. There, he was a executing member of the African American Dance Enterprise, the place he flourished in a collaborative performance outlet. This outlet blossomed interests in vital race principle, photography’s role in people’s social identities, storytelling, archival gaps and overall performance. Burzon been given a bachelor’s degree from Wabash School, in which he analyzed studio art and new music. There, he became versed in painting, sculpture, ceramics and images. He researched tunes heritage, violin and piano functionality, vocal overall performance and decades of ethnomusicology.
Burzon proceeds to push his get the job done with inspirations from the past, recontextualized naratives and imagery of faith, paired with the in no way-ending stimulation and inspiration from the LGBTQ+ group. He seeks to force the limits of his do the job by visually redefining and developing a new narrative for himself and individuals like him.
“Noli Me Tangere,” “touch me not” or “don’t tread on me,” (Latin) is a series of photographs that examines an inside conflict of homosexuality and Catholicism. The images address, but don’t aim to resolve, the contentions between faith and homosexuality. Making use of appropriated spiritual imagery and language, the do the job is recontextualized by the insertion of LGBTQ customers and activists posing as Catholic deities. Themes, lights and coloration remedy are adopted from the will work of Renaissance artists. The photographs are then introduced as polyptychs in the fashion of Catholic altarpieces.
This program is feasible many thanks to the help of the University of Arts and Sciences, the Office environment of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community, and the Coalition of Museum and Art Facilities at Syracuse College, and is aspect of the University’s Humanities Heart 2021-2022 Symposium “Conventions.”