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I BELIEVE IN YOU

Liam Benson
2007

“Liam Benson’s series of works, featuring photography and video, is perhaps the most unfettered and certainly the most optimistic of responses to this post (Cronulla) riot Australia. Referencing a number of pop-cultural in uences including Kylie and the Bra Boys, Benson’s video I Believe in You is a disarming and highly charming treatise on love and acceptance. Performing Minogue’s song of the same name, Benson stares directly into the camera, almost Christ-like with his bare chest, blue eyes and long curly hair, wearing only a green glitter garland-like tattoo that reads ‘I BELIEVE IN YOU’. With an unwavering, entreating stare and a twinkle in his eye, Benson, a patriotic gay Australian, really does believe in us. 

In his other work I Love the Shire, a series of free postcards of Benson, in full ocker drag regalia, fake tan, fake tits, blonde hair and an ‘I e the Shire’ t-shirt, poses on the beach draped in the Australian flag. Benson isn’t necessarily being provocative, he’s certainly not being cynical and it’s this mix of cheery faith and drag-meets-ocker male fantasy that makes his work so effective.”

Our Lucky Country - (Still Different) Jo Higgins, Review Artlink Vol 28 no 1, 2008 

 

Liam Benson, I Believe in You, 2007, single channel digital video, sound, 3.30 min. Courtesy the artist and Artereal Gallery.

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Liam Benson, I BELIEVE IN YOU, 2007
Liam Benson, I BELIEVE IN YOU, 2007