This experimental documentary video is an ode to “Breeden”, an either fictional or real American videographer working in independent film and hard-core gay pornography. Chevalier’s arrangement of hired actors reciting lines from John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus (2006, 101 minutes, USA) is described as an “anti-portrait,” partly because it avoids depicting the titular character. “He is a figure and a presence, working from behind the camera or being represented in proxy by amateur actors,” the artist tells us. Made up of a mixture of appropriated material and scripted re-enactments, Breeden aims to question “queer representation, anonymity, biography, and authorship.” Aside from this, it is a vulnerable and disquieting depiction of gay male sex encounters mediated by online exchanges, pornography, and hotel rooms. Exhibited internationally since showing in Your Nostalgia is Killing Me! (Brisbane’s QAGoMA, 2014), Breeden is a distorting lens through which to view some of Chevalier’s earlier works, such as PWIF’d, http://pwifd.tumblr.com/ (non-video), an uncanny Tumblr displaying Google “street view” images of “Places Where I’ve Fucked,” and his conceptually cool performance video Cover (2010, 5 minutes).
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