Kiara Mohammed’s work examines the ways we exist alongside one another and our environment.
The exhibition is free and held FACT Liverpool, until 29 August, 12noon-10pm.
Kiara looks at what happens when we readdress our trauma through moments of radical joy. In his work, joy becomes a political act: a way of bringing meaning, beauty and value to places that have been damaged by human or natural acts.
Her films champion care and mindfulness and explore how art can allow for transformation, adaptation and healing.
Soft Boys is a short film about queer and trans joy, specifically through and within the Somali culture and community. By re-engaging with Somalian traditional dances, cooking practices and garments, Kiara connects with his nomadic ancestors and to a heritage from which he had always been made to feel excluded.
In this solo exhibition, Kiara’s new work highlights how modern concepts of masculinity can be surprisingly conservative, even within the trans community. The experimental documentary questions what it means to be a man by focusing on emotion, empathy and joy.
Please be aware, the films in this installation contain drug references, swearing, discussions of suicide and discussions of gender identity. For more information during your visit, please speak with a member of staff.