Gabrielle Kennard is an artist who I had the pleasure of turning into a man – Albrecht Dürer (circa 1541), a German painter, printmaker, mathematician and theorist born in Nuremberg – as part of an art installation. Gabrielle appears as Albrecht Dürer here in the video. Full video below.
In Gabrielle’s own words, “This work is an immersive, interdisciplinary installation alluding to a series of incidents that occurred in Victoria, Australia in the 1950s. The narrative takes place in a warm life-sized recreation of a Catholic Priest’s presbytery sitting room. Prior to sexually abusing young boys, this priest hid his appalling acts from the Virgin Mary by covering the statue’s head with his coat. The room is comfortably furnished according to the time. There is a painting of the incumbent Pope Pious XII hanging on a wall. A video of the artist acting as the Virgin Mary replaces the statue. Over the fireplace is another video/painting of the artist recreating Albrecht Durer’s self-portrait as Christ. During the interaction of the videos children can be heard reciting their prayers. The protagonists (priest and victim) are absent.”
Artist: Gabrielle Kennard
Videographer: Joshua Marks
Wig + Make-Up Artist: Veronica Colvin