Giovanni Maisto Ferreira and OTION present Touch'M: an event that aims to start a conversation about non-sexual intimacy between men as a catalyst for healing. For the event, which is based on the short film of the same name directed by Giovanni, the two artists join hands with Kunstinstituut Melly and Het Nieuwe Instituut to offer a space for anyone interested to join.
The short film Touch’M, directed by Giovanni Maisto Ferreira, demonstrates how beautiful physical connection can be and simultaneously serves as a display of Giovanni’s personal experience of healthy masculine touch. The film was created to challenge people’s views on what it means to be intimate while being a man. The artist states: “This short film serves as a symbolic depiction of how non-sexual touch can heal parts of the toxic masculinity that is prevalent but silent in Western society."
More information on the programme will follow soon.
Giovanni Maisto Ferreira is an artist exploring various types of media to highlight a deeply personal perception of our contemporary society and its dysfunctions. OTION is an all-round performing artist, creator and musician. His performances organically blend dance, live music, sung and spoken word with a strong emphasis on storytelling. Giovanni and OTION have performed together at Het Nieuwe Instituut before with their work G's Us for the exhibition G/D Thyself: Spirit Strategies for Raising Free Black Children.
The Touch'M event series is a collaboration between Giovanni Maisto Ferreira, OTION, Kunstinstituut Melly and Het Nieuwe Instituut.