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'I Believe in You' is a freeze-frame portrait of an artistic community

Jessica Earley presents a circle of Orlando experimentalists knitted together by friendship and mutual admiration

Photo: Photo of Lister Sisters by Melanie Lister, License: N/A

Photo of Lister Sisters by Melanie Lister

Stephanie and Melanie Lister

Photo: Photo of Jessica Early by Jorgen Nicholas Trygved, License: N/A

Photo of Jessica Early by Jorgen Nicholas Trygved

That’s an awful lot of slashes; the energy contained within this group of mutual fans spills out in all directions. And the locus of all of these various practices is another beloved community member, the Space: New to the scene at just around a year old, the open-to-anything second-floor venue is already a treasured resource for local artists off the beaten path. One hundred percent of the door charge for I Believe in You will go to keep the space open and functioning. Earley plans to take advantage of the warren of connected rooms by siting different art works in several of them; one room will host a free-clothing “boutique,” and attendees are asked to bring a wearable item to swap. (Any clothes not claimed by the end of the night will be donated.) Another element of the Space to keep in mind: It gets warm up there, and the heat generated by video and sound equipment (and all that sexy art) means it will be hottt. Earley’s recommendation: “Definitely dress light.” That’s especially good advice considering that the night will wind up as a dance party with DJ Child Heart (aka Trygved).

This exuberant group explosion has a melancholy undernote, though. As is the norm in any creative community that isn’t New York or L.A., several of the participating artists are moving away soon. Inguanta, Royal, and both Lister sisters will be presenting here for the last time before bursting out of Orlando’s boundaries, but they will leave knowing that we believe in them.

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