Artist Mark Storor creates an intimate reimagining of masculinity with The Simplicity of Truth. 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.
Storor has worked extensively with FACT’s award winning Veterans in Practice (VIP) 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. VIP members participated in Storor’s project The Barometer of My Heart, which 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 Barometer of My Heart (2015) was created by Mark Storor and produced by Anna Ledgard in association with Artsadmin and in collaboration with members of Veterans in Practice, Everton in The Community, Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre and St. George’s Hospital, Tooting. Performed in London in 2015 by Max Beecher, Jason Bell, Ian Cameron, Matt Huxley, Andy Manley, Tyrone Nestor, Erika Poole, Max Calaf Sevé, Alexandros Michail Venizelos and Chris Willoughby. Funded by Wellcome Trust and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The Simplicity of Truth is produced by FACT. FACT’s Veterans in Practice programme is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
The Barometer of my Heart, Mark Storor. Photo: Stephen King