Freddie Lewis explores his gender with new exhibition

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Freddie LewisImage source, Freddie Lewis
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Freddie Lewis said he chose the pieces from local and LGBTQ+ British artists he admires

A transgender musician from Bristol has curated an art exhibition based on his ongoing relationship with his gender.

Pale Pink Works of Art is a collection of locally commissioned pieces, as well as works from LGBTQ+ British artists.

It is being displayed on 2 June at Dareshack in Bristol, to mark the release of Freddie Lewis' new record.

He said: "Pale pink here represents femininity and trying to alleviate myself of the pressure to perform masculinity 'correctly'."

Image source, Freddie Lewis / Xia Smith / Snail Tears
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These pieces by Xia Smith and Snail Tears will appear at Dareshack in Bristol

The event is inspired by the lyric 'Paint myself a pale pink work of art' in Freddie Lewis' upcoming release 'Bell Jar / The Gallery'.

"I think for me it's about making the song and poem physical," said the poet and musician.

Image source, Freddie Lewis / Maddy Whitworth
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The music and exhibition explores the function of structure and its undoing

The exploration of pale pink hints toward Freddie's relationship with his gender.

"The song, 'Bell Jar', being released on the day [of the event], is about letting go of structures, and making decisions lead by desire rather than conditioned ones.

"For me this includes gender structure," said Mr Lewis.

Image source, Freddie Lewis / Shanti Swaroop Prabhakar
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Mr Lewis said the pressure to perform masculinity 'correctly' is a "false hope even for what society deems the most masculine people"

"How do I, or a collective we, move beyond symbols of the gender construct in the challenging of it?

"When does pale pink just become a colour and something opposed to masculinity?" said Mr Lewis.

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Pale Pink Works of Art takes place at Dareshack, Bristol on 2 June

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