Under Your Skin You Look Divine realises the important role sex stores and cruise clubs play in contributing to queer culture and identities. Likewise, the internet has provided a virtual space for queer identities and sexualities to develop and flourish.
Situated in one of the longest-running owner-operator sex stores and cruise clubs in Aotearoa New Zealand, Under Your Skin You Look Divine invites locally based artists to take over the store in a one-night flirtatious digital queer mess of an exhibition.
Featuring work by Val Smith, Jordana Bragg, Tash Keddy, Lila Bullen-Smith, Owen Connors, Aliyah Winter, Sione Monu, Abbey Gamit, Richard Orjis, Juliet Carpenter with George Banach-Salas, Tommo Jiang, Ary Jansen, Samuel Te Kani, Jessica Morgan, Alice Senescall, Jaimee Stockman-Young, Magdalena Hoult, Natasha Matila-Smith, Hera Wing and Daniel John Corbett Sanders.
Under Your Skin You Look Divine examines the politics of both virtual and ‘real’ representations of queerness, pulling ideas of self-image, perception, performativity and intimacy offline and into reality.
Organised by Daniel John Corbett Sanders with Basement Adult Shop & Cruise Club, Under Your Skin You Look Divine takes its inspiration from The Other Day in Paradise, an exhibition by artists Ioane Ioane, Yuki Kihara, Andy Leleisi’uao and Nick Netzler, hosted by The Den, Karangahape Road in September 2003.