Beija Flo presents an exhibition Inside The Walls: Nudes, Anxieties and Other Content.
It ran from 17 January until 2 February 2020 at OUTPUT gallery in Liverpool, with aprivate view on Friday 17 Jan in the evening. Admission was free and the following events ran alongside it:
17th Jan – Private View – over 120 invited guests with free after party at Kazimier Stockroom featuring local bands and Eggy Records DJS.
27th Jan – Life Drawing Class (sold out)
1st Feb – Three act live show at Kazimier Stockroom (sold out)
“This very personal collection of music and art is about how I saw and captured my body, and how it was touched, over a specific period of time. A period of time in which I had a series of blemishing break-ups and sexual partners, during a very hard year in my life. Whilst struggling with my weight and mental health, I lost a lot of people and pushed the rest away. I still can’t explain why I did this. In a mad panic of distrust and anxiety, I could not bear to be touched or even continue to exist – at least, not in the world I was in. In a desperate longing for someone to see me as I was, to start again, I gave trust to the wrong people and received scars in return.
I also gave trust to the right people and got my body back.”Beija Flo on ‘Nudes’ and her exhibition ‘Inside The Walls’
Beija Flo’s last single ‘Nudes’ provided the focus point for the exhibition. Accompanied by poetry along with video, self-portrait photography and illustrations, ‘Nudes’ allowed Beija Flo to showcase her artistry in different ways. This single and exhibition stripped back the stage paint and leotards, allowing Beija Flo to explore the relationship she has with her body. Despite how we feel about ourselves, ‘Nudes’ serves as a reminder that when everyone leaves, our body is still there, even if we feel let down by it, it is still our constant companion.
A true polymath, Beija Flo, has crafted her own universe, pulling together elements of activism, performance art and education. She tackles everything from love and relationships through to mental and sexual health, she is truly an artist for our times, juxtaposing her darkest moments against those of enduring hope.
Telling her story through her art, she lets us into her world and teaches us not to be fearless, but to wear our insecurities as warpaint: to accept our differences, embrace our similarities and to live our lives as true and as vibrant as possible. To witness Beija Flo live is an unforgettable experience. Songs, performance and costumes aside she provokes a conversation that many would shy away from. Having discovered she was born with MRKH Syndrome when she was in her late teens, and as a young woman, coming to terms with the fact that there was little in the way of support or even relevant information to help her come to terms with how the condition would affect her: Beija Flo’s reality is weaved through music and the narrative she shares with an ever growing audience.
Read more about this exhibition in Beija Flo’s cover feature of the current issue of Bido Lito! HERE