Hailing from the West Midlands, Alex Billingham is a genderqueer performer, exploring the elements of discomfort, body dysmorphia and unrest felt whilst being a person living within these realities. Billingham creates performances which include elements of endurance, visual art aesthetics and installation.
The works are visceral and push physical boundaries. Billingham highlights the ways in which the human body can be pushed to its limits. How much can the human body withstand and what does it take to break a person?
Taking inspiration from the fluid nature of gender and the fear of the future drives the creation of Billinghams work. Vulnerability is essential to Billingham’s practice, it anchors each of their performances. Their works utilise large amounts of trust; Billingham’s safety often rests in the viewer or audience member. By stripping away all support, they allow room for a tender and violent performance.
“Rawhide” (2018) has been developed especially for SKINNED:LIVE. By its nature it is abject. The performance centres around body dysmorphia, scar tissue, locked in syndrome, evolution, rebirth, body horror and learning to love oneself.
Written by Antonia, an Itch Collective member