Mason School of Art | NOLI ME TANGERE by Adjunct Faculty Kelvin Burzon
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NOLI ME TANGERE by Adjunct Faculty Kelvin Burzon

NOLI ME TANGERE by Adjunct Faculty Kelvin Burzon


August 30 – December 10, 2021

Kelvin Burzon

Artist Talk & Panel: October 21, 2021 at 6pm

Noli Me Tangere, “touch me not” or “don’t tread on me,” (Latin) is a series of photographs that examines an internal conflict of homosexuality and Catholicism. The photographs address, but don’t aim to solve, the contentions between religion and homosexuality. Utilizing appropriated religious imagery and language, the work is recontextualized by the insertion of LGBTQ members and activists posing as Catholic deities. Themes, lighting, and color treatment are adopted from the works of Renaissance Artists. The photographs are then presented as polyptychs in mimicry of Catholic altar-pieces.

On Thursday, October 21, 2021, Point of Contact will host an artist talk starting at 6 pm, followed by a panel discussion. Admission is free and open to the public. This event will be held in person and streamed virtually for those who cannot attend in person.

Registration Required, Link Here!

Read this featured article by Syracuse University News!

an excerpt from the article–

“Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. As a child growing up in a Filipino culture, Burzon’s initial ambition was to become a Catholic priest. “I have always been interested in the religion’s role in culture and familial relationships and have been drawn to the religion’s traditions, imagery, theatricality, and its psychological vestige,” says Burzon. His work is inspired by cerebral influences growing up in and around the church. “My cultural and familial identity, my memories as a child, cannot be separated from the church. It was an integral part of what it meant to be Filipino,” Burzon adds.


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