July 4 – 15, 2012
Propeller artist Philip Hare goes beneath the balaclava.
The latest textile work of Toronto artist Philip Hare. TERROR!ST is a large, colourful textile assemblage (5’ X 10’) installed in Propeller’s North Gallery.
“If you want a lover I’ll do anything you ask me to.
And if you want another kind of love I’ll wear a mask for you.”
“Hit me with your rhythm stick.”
Ian Drury and the Blockheads
I’ll do just about anything if I’m wearing a mask. Anonymity can be very liberating. Just ask anyone who’s encountered a glory hole (or a confessional). Masks can come in many forms: balaclavas, beards, burkhas, hairpieces, harnesses, hoodies, robes, rhetoric, religion.
The “War on Terror” may have abated, but the war on sexuality continues under the guise of “morality”. What motivates most oppressors is their own fear. Ironically, it’s their favourite tool with which to oppress. The righteous, when fully engorged, can cast a long shadow.
In 2007 the President of Iran declared that, “homosexuality does not exist in Iran”. That same year four men were sentenced to be hanged there for sodomy. In 2011 David Kato, a Ugandan teacher and LGBTQ activist was murdered because of his sexual orientation. A Ugandan newspaper had printed a photo of him and a number of other queer activists along with their addresses under the headline: “Hang Them”. In October last year Jamie Hubley, a 15-year-old gay kid from Ottawa committed suicide after years of relentless bullying. This year in Ontario the Catholic School Board tried to deny students the right to use the term Gay/Straight Alliance for LGBTQ support groups in their schools. The students won.
“TERROR!ST” is the antithesis of a white flag. It’s a rainbow missive to the masses: Rise up against “The Orthodox religion of a hard penis” (thank you Pussy Riot).