Two moving-image works commissioned by Queering the Art Classroom. One projection, one screen work.
“Cosi’s installation work, The Love that you need will never be found at Home, responds to the QTAC student work’s approach to queerness through the lens of Queer Abstraction. As David Getsy highlights, many LGBT+ movements emphasise visibility, such as the idea of “coming out”. However, visibility implies readability, and many of those who identify as queer defy readability by embodying ambiguity and sometimes fluidity. Abstraction therefore allows space for representing relations that are not necessarily readable.
The Love that you need will never be found at Home features an abstract piano piece sampling Bronsky Beat’s “Smalltown Boy”, a celebrated song detailing homophobia in small towns in the UK, of which the title of this work is also taken. Two moving-image works accompany this sound piece, combining colour, recorded performance and archive footage. The work pulls apart how we try to understand the personal relationships we form, both historically and socially/politically as well as through looking at our own personal histories (relationships to our parents as infants, our first relationships and any subsequent relationships) and how we (often changeably) may respond, defy or conform to these in the new relationships we form.”