My work explores the ways that different people approach the task of communicating their internal realities, how they try to see each other and be seen by each other, how they shape and decide, through their shared and isolated experiences, what is real. "Reality" under white supremacist patriarchal capitalism is a well funded and militant production. I’m working towards recognizing and critiquing the reality that we are presented with – societal structures, in larger terms, but also more subtle aspects of how people inherit their perceptions of time, of safety, of beauty, and lots of other makings of everyday life.
I am interested in experimental ways of creating historical documents of everyday life/dream life, using a collaborative approach that incorporates elements of documentary and fantasy. Docufantasy allows for a heightened awareness of the power imbalance in traditional documentary work, in which the direction and editing dictate the meaning of the film, a process which generally doesn't include the input of the people who are in the film. At the same time, Docufantasy is a genre that allows for the documentation of myth, for cinematic planning/storyboarding, for experimental visual effects and editing techniques. The usefulness of narrative structure, its limitations and fragmentations are running themes throughout a lot of my work.
Eli McNally is a multimedia artist, drag queen, writer, and musician based in San Francisco. Their work has been featured in the Diego Rivera Gallery, SOMArts, MOCO Gallery, ATA Lounge, and various venues and bars throughout the Bay Area. For a longer statement on the ideas they are exploring, see the paragraphs below.