Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
3rd May - 29th May 2011.
The ongoing performativity of gender is something we engage in daily and the confines of the Elsewhere Commonwealth are no exception. We enact our notions of what we think a man or a woman should be with little cognizance of our complicity in a process driven by socio-cultural norms unseen but nonetheless there. Specific clothing, colors, walking styles, gestures and vocal ranges construct a dualistic reality in which we participate within and forge a specific sexual and gender identities that heeds a spectrum of maleness and femaleness. Yet, what does it mean to inhabit a liminal space in which one’s gender or sexual identity is located somewhere in the middle, along the spectrum of maleness and femaleness? The work of Norbert Francis Attard seeks to address this quandary in approaching this very question. His time here at Elsewhere has sought to blur the lines between what a male or female could be, not just within the realm of people, but within the collection of Elsewhere objects as well. In a photographic and performative series of works, Attard explores the relationships between maleness and femaleness, carving out an in-between space through which the viewer can inhabitant and question for themselves their own identity.