Virtual Art Exhibition: ‘I Kissed A Boy And I Liked It!’

By Frances Winston

Home is where the art is……

For art lovers, one of the biggest disappointments of the CoVid lockdown has been the closure of museums and galleries, and the lack of exhibitions to enjoy. However, Cork-based multimedia artist, Silvio Severino, has found a way around this, and collaborated with The Gay Project, to virtually present his latest work: ‘I Kissed A Boy And I Liked It!’

This is an ongoing project by Severino, and, as the title suggests, it explores masculinity, and he does so via a collage of images found in both analogue and digital media.

As someone who is particularly interested in exploring how maleness is represented in contemporary media, Severino utilises images torn from print media – from books to male magazines – to deconstruct and reassemble representations of the male physique, and create unique collages. The full spectrum of male iconography is examined – from machismo stereotypes to homoerotic expression.

With current widespread debate about toxic masculinity, Severino has a rich canvas to work off, and reflect upon. As gay man born and raised in conservative, hyper-macho, Brazilian society, he explores these issues through his queer gaze. Using pop culture as a kick off and reference point throughout, Severino hopes that his work will question the intentions of the original creators of these images, and the people who view them..

In case you were wondering, the exhibition title, ‘I Kissed a Boy and I Liked It’, derives from the lyric and video of the single, Samaritans, by Bristol-based punk band, Idles -a song that also reflects on men’s masks of masculinity.

Silvio Severino’s exhibition ‘I Kissed a Boy and I Liked It’, in association with The Gay Project in Cork, will show virtually on 15th of May, 6.30 pm.

Tickets are free, but must be booked on Eventbrite at:

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