Storor has worked extensively with FACT’s award winning Veterans in Practice programme, which aims to encourage local ex-servicemen and women to get involved in creative projects, and provides support for them to integrate with the wider community, to create new work The Simplicity of Truth. The project was produced through creative workshops with men in religious, military, sports and corporate settings, and men attending erectile dysfunction clinics. Public performances were produced based on the real conversations Storor had with the participants, bringing experiences previously kept in the shadows into the light, and exploring the rich diversity of male experience.
The exhibition combines still and moving images with live performance, and includes both newly produced elements and previously unseen material from Storor’s celebrated 2015 work The Barometer of My Heart. A live performance element inspired by this existing work will also unfold within the space throughout the exhibition, which will be developed and enacted by local men through a series of workshops led by former participants and assisted by Storor.
Veterans in Practice participant Jay Bell says: “The project as a whole was one of the most thought provoking pursuits I have ever been involved in and the discussions and my participation in it have irrevocably changed my perspective on masculinity, social stigmas and a host of other topics for the better. My inclusion in it has been an absolute privilege and its impact has begun a new and evolving concept for me of what life could and should be.”
The Simplicity of Truth is created by Mark Storor in collaboration with members of FACT’s Veterans in Practice programme, Everton in The Community, photographer Stephen King, filmmaker Chris Keenan, animator Babis Alexiadis, and with local men. See it at FACT from 12 May - 12 June 2016.