IN KEEPING WITH MYSELF
Séamus Gallagher is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Moncton and currently working in Halifax. Their practice, blending photography with installation and performance, centres around constructing complex, colourful spaces within which they can interact. Their work explores concepts of embodiment and actualization, constantly negotiating between digital and physical spaces.
In Sit up straight and smile for the camera, Gallagher’s nude body sits in stark contrast to a physical installation of computer-generated graphics. They sit with a rigid back, their hands on their knees, reminiscent of a school portrait pose. A smile is painted on their face. This juxtaposition between real and virtual spaces explores the in-between otherworldly spaces, carving out an entirely new world. Perhaps in this new space, a marginalized person can find a way to live authentically beyond the constant, and often cruel, criticism in our dominant culture.