Aliyah Winter

Eli Jenkins' Prayer (2016)

2 min 16 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

Eli Jenkins' Prayer shows a figure framed from the chest upwards, whose face is covered thickly in gold leaf. They wear a black domed hat and mimes in time to the solemn music. Recorded on VHS, the image is grainy and the black surrounding the singer is textured, in a similar way to the quality of the audio, which is taken from cassette tapes.

"The material from this work is lifted from a personal archive of musical recordings of the artist’s late grandfather, who was a prolific tenor. This work plays with a form of “drag”, both visually and temporally, to embody the existence and continuity of queerness through time and space."

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