Raw Water (2021)

Raw Water by Brandon Giessmann

An Exhibit by Brandon Giessmann

There is something precious and horrifying about the way mourning unites people. Inheriting a legacy laden with grief lacks the same clarity. Expressions of remembrance become voyeuristic, feel shallow or inauthentic, and fetishize an unfamiliar pain and ignorance. History seems romantic, full of tragedies that prompted loves and losses with intensities unfathomable to me. Like deep water, the ’80s and ’90s are alluring and unfamiliar. I grew up surrounded by prairies, mountains, and now PrEP. Open water envelopes like the past does, prompting a saturation that seems inescapable. I am drowning in an ocean of meager decades, desperately filling my lungs with fluid, hoping that sinking will reveal something that remains unclear from the surface.

Exhibit Location

CEPA Gallery
Focus Gallery
617 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Exhibit Dates

Saturday, January 16, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Free to the public

Exhibit Times 

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

About the Artist

Brandon Giessmann is a Canadian visual artist and writer who explores trauma, identity, and memory. He received his BFA from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2018 and his MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2020. His interdisciplinary practice often uses performance, photography, and installation to bridge generational gaps in knowledge and experiences of being in the closet, of genocide, consider the effects of the ongoing AIDS crisis, and reflect upon the role that institutions play in the conservation and presentation of queer histories.

Images for Raw Water

Focus Gallery

Tender Erosion by Brandon Giessmann

Tender Erosion

Stranger Places I by Brandaon Giessmann

Stranger Places I

Tombstone Harbor by Brandon Giessmann

Tombstone Harbor

Raw Water by Brandon Giessmann
Raw Water by Brandon Giessmann
Raw Water by Brandon Giessmann

Sponsors for Raw Water

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