Rob Crosse completed his MFA in Fine Arts at the Slade School of Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include Solo Presentations (2018), Jerwood, London; Prime Time (2017) Grundy, Blackpool, and Clear as a bell (2016), Kingsgate Projects, London. His films have been screened as part of Different Ways, Lux, London, Transactions of desire, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Slant : for the unsettling, Jerwood Space London, These Rotten Words, Chapter House, Cardiff, and Artist Film Weekender, HOME, Manchester. He has completed residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska, U.S.A; Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar; Foundation Marcelino Botin, Santander Spain and Woodmill, London.
Dear Samuel, 2019, 9’30”
Dear Samuel is a story about intergenerational desire exploring ideas of care and duty through the perspective of a younger man attracted to older men. Inspired by time spent with a group from Hong Kong called Gay and Grey and from Crosse‘s personal experiences, the work uses both narration and song to examine perceptions of an unequal power balance – be it personal or political – and the search for support during moments of vulnerability. Please feel free to sing along.