Papa Tuarua is our venue that supports static digital artifacts such as photographic series, essays, creative writing passages and illustrations. This venue highlights the multiplicity of modes that dance-makers will often move through as they undertake creative processes and build worlds for their performances to live in. It also activates collaborative connections between dance-makers and photographers, writers and visual artists.
Smile radiantly at the sun whose guild face is followed by sunflowers.
This disarray deluxe lacks luster played unfairly in a game of pink & blue chess.
Clipped together with last nights hairpins sprayed in sequins of dopey eyed spiders.
All black nailpolish & wispy lashes their black tongue stroking the tops of trees.
Thick enamel painted lips clotted like blood oranges watching TV.
Dreamy dental floss thin & canine tooth sweet honeysuckle grows in their ribcage.
IL DIVO stems from an exploration of my queer body and expression, explored in a series of pop art self-portraits. An endeavour to re-imagine and interpret myself and my surroundings with camera, pen and Photoshop while in isolation.
IL DIVO is a series of pop art self-portraits with accompanying text that will be shared on the Tempo Dance Festival Website and social media.
Thank you to Jeff Tollan for the tripod, and all the artists who kept me inspired during lockdown.
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Bjorn Aslund is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer. Graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2019 they have performed around Australasia, most recently developing “Plato’s Atlantis” as part of the Toi Poneke Dance Residency in the 2020 Wellington Fringe Festival and working with the Ballet Collective Aotearoa.