Jessie Bullivant, Site Specific Illness (26 emails sent to mailing list over one-month duration, project documentation), 2019. Photo by iStock.com/Blackzheep
Jessie Bullivant is a queer, Helsinki-based artist, writer and academic originally from Australia. They completed an MFA at the Kuvataideakatemia (Helsinki, 2020).
Their work examines the ways that institutional practices affect our bodies, by drawing on histories of institutional critique, as well as feminist, queer and crip discourse. Recently, they have been employing their own subjective position as a strategy to explore the motivations, conflicts and repercussions of our participation within established power structures. Through personal implication, they question the normative role of care and responsibility within structures such as the academic institution, the state and the family.
I plan to spend my time at HIAP thinking about which histories are circulating inside me and through me; about whose blood my eyes were crafted with; and about the abject, symbolic and relational capacity of bodily fluids.
This research will inform the development of work for two upcoming projects in Helsinki. The first is a site-specific project taking place in the flying-saucer shaped water tower in Espoo in late-August, in collaboration with artists Jani Purhonen, Kristina Sedlerova-Villanen & Emelie Luostarinen.
The second is for ‘Fantasy 1&2’, a group-exhibition at SIC gallery in October. Curated by Saara Hannus, the project will explore themes of queerness and how romantic relationships internalise and perpetuate institutions of capitalism and hetero-colonialism.