Ophelia Bakowski was born in Melbourne/Birraranga (1996). Their practice uses performance, image, sound and installation, to explore the inherent fluidity and inter-connectivity of Nature and non-binary identity. Through experiences of hardship and trauma, states of transcendence and enlightenment allow for a cosmic communion with the sacred and unknown self, as pain becomes pleasure. The rituals performed in their work, become a form of healing and celebration of selfhood. Ophelia’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Perth Centre for Photography, Blindside, Daine Singer and Seventh Gallery. In 2019, they worked on solo shows at Kings Artist-Run (IamOphelia 2019) and Alternating Current Art Space (Endure 2018) – discovering the nuances of queer self in practice.
Ophelia will be guiding us through the undergrowth of @softspaceARI January 5 - January 18 2020
Image Details: Ophelia Bakowski, still from 'IamOphelia' 2019, two channel HD colour video with sound, 11 minutes and 30 seconds.