BEAR!!

BEAR JUST AWAKE FROM HIBERNATE TIME

 BE CAREFUL VERY VERY

 IF BEAR APPROACH – REMAIN CALM

 BEAR VERY STRONG

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO GIVE ALL WEIGHT

 IF YOU WANT!!

Welcome to the bear enclosure, come in for a cuddle! For 4 hours, a man in a bear mask crawls over a floor of foliage offering gifts of flowers, salmon and hugs for his visitors. At times he will offer to hold you. This will go on until he has attempted to bear the weight of everyone in the room. Bear's sanctuary is a peaceful place - the smell of grass fills the room, birds sing and branches sway in the breeze, a piano gently plays overhead. Be careful of aggravating the bear - remember he is a wild carnivore and his nails are very sharp.

Bear is a performance of loving gestures by a man who is known as a 'bear' within the LGBT community. What unfolds is a tender reflection of masculine identity and the search for a loving connection in a world that is becoming increasingly more isolated.

Originally created as a durational performance for the 2017 //BUZZCUT// festival. Bear is happy to come and give you a cuddle, get in touch for more info!

Photography by Julia Bauer