The Not-God Complex
Bodies of water. Bodies in space. Bodies together. Bodies alone.
Who taught you to be scared of the sea? What stories did you hear? What powers of persuasion did they use?
What Makes A Body Terrifying is a queer exploration of two strikingly similar folk tales: the Slavic Rusalke and the Celtic Selkies. These two folk tales centre around mythical sea-people – said to shed their skins and become dangerous, beautiful human-forms, who seduce sailors and lure them to their deaths. This piece explores how they use narrative and rhetorical devices to create fear, and how these parallel with the ways fear is generated against queer bodies.
What Makes a Body Terrifying? is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England