GENDERED TOILET GRAFFITI VS My Studio Tour!! explores my reaction to a body of self-enacted research into the re-enforcement of hegemonic structures of power through anonymous acts of bathroom graffiti. The narrative then unfolds following my realisation that male bathrooms, to which I frequent, are 'replete with ‘sexually violent content’ unlike female bathrooms that are, in their majority, more commonly adorned with supportive statements pertaining to bowel movements. Finally, this vlog charters my attempts to reach out to the other occupants of my studio complex through the creation of my own bathroom mural depicting a futuristic act of kindness.
Josh Vyrtz (b.1992) is an artist based in London and Stoke-on-Trent working across performance film writing and image-making. He uses the archetype of the performer to engage with social issues. The bulk of his time is spent collecting research. When creating a new project he aproaches the work from two sides - one that is journalistic and simultaneously one that is deeply personal and autobiographical. He has devised two shows that have completed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe festival exhibited both nationally and internationally taught developmental workshops at Focal Point Gallery (2018) and been shortlisted for both the Kaitak Centre residency (2018) and the Red Mansion Art Prize (2017).
Josh can be found on instagram @joshvyrtz or at joshvyrtz.com