'My Florence Souvenir'
RSA John Kinross Scholarship
2020 - Venice, 2018-19 - Florence.
Postcard nº6 infront of Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
Queering Renaissance Art
My process in Florence began by visiting various art sites and using photography to document Renaissance pieces evoking the queer gaze. I soon found a connection between these images and the ones I had been seeing on the Grindr App in Florence. Some men choose to represent themselves with Renaissance masterpieces, instead of with the usual photos of their own bodies. I found this remarkable; an obvious avenue for furthering the conversation of the erotic ideal and its unique connection with queer culture and contemporary capitalism.
In order to illuminate these connections further, I used photoshop to overlay the photographs I had taken with designs reminiscent of the profiles I found on Grindr. By combining the art of the Renaissance and the current aesthetic of queer digital communication, I was able to create pieces exploring the legacy of the Classical erotic
canon. For the culmination of my project, I printed postcards of my images in order to frame them as cruising souvenirs. In this way a parallel is drawn between the objectifying consumerism of social engagement apps and the ideal´s constant role in capitalism. I then placed these postcards at local souvenir shops throughout Florence´s city center in order to create a public performance of the work´s symbolic role in commerce.
© Gori Mora