Rasmus Raphaëlle Östebro (SE) is a visual artist producing live-based events, live- and video-performance, installation, sculptural objects, and text-based works.
At large Östebro’s artistic practice addresses issues relating to identity construction in relation to cis- and heteronormative hegemonies. In the work, there is a grave, still playful attitude to the notion of the real, typically enhanced by merging fictive and documentary elements in the narration. The artworks often consist of scenographic installations and spatial stagings that surrounds, contextualizes and interconnect ephemeral elements implicated by the performers' presence awareness and presence control. Here questions about an expanded concept on acting, spanning between conscious and unconscious models of acting are discussed.
The artistic process and the particularly conscious approach in the artistic expression are heavily influenced and prepossessed by radical abstractions of strategies originating from the artist's background within, and interest in drag. The profound interest in the identity-constructing strategies of drag also plays a central role for how acting is used, understood and communicated - as well as for the recurring engagement regarding the withering away from cemented roles in the field of acting.
Trough an expanded concept on acting, scenographic directing and a plurality of performative strategies Östebro investigates agreements and the balance of power between actor and spectator. This: to blur, enhance or create ambivalence about perceived boundaries, positions, and conventions that occur between these two positions in different environments and within different artistic disciplines.
Östebro’s practically theoretical implementation and (con)figuration emerges from an empathetic rebellious gaze, and is actively crossing borders and moving between contexts, spheres, and niches such as visual- and performance art, performing arts, runway, and everyday-acting in the public space. Recurring keywords are ultra-versions, gender-extremes, balance of power, transformation and transgression on multidimensional levels. As well as the intersection between the fictitious, factitious and real; the personal and the political, between gravity and playfulness.
Rasmus Raphaëlle is educated at Konstfack - University College of Arts Crafts and Design (SE), Bergen Academy of Art and Design (NO), Stockholm University of the Arts/DOCH (SE), Gothenburg School of Art (SE) and The Swedish National Ballet School (SE)
© Rasmus Raphaëlle Östebro 2011-2020