Proxy Rite Rainbow
Presented at Next Wave Festival 2018 at sunset on the 12th of May at Brunswick Mechanics Institute
Garment construction by Fin Fletcher
Embroidery by Jai Leeworthy
Photography by Snehargho Ghosh
In Proxy Rite Rainbow, Jai Leeworthy appropriates the Mormon practice of conducting ceremonies for the dead, as a way of collectively acknowledging queer ancestors. Participants are asked to become 'proxies' that stand in for the departed who were known to stand outside the cisgender/heterosexual records, as we enact a rite that recognises their marginalised and special place in history.