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Situational Alcoholism – Laurence Morassut

I drink for pleasure and to escape into an altered reality. Why do you drink?

Situational Alcoholism explores the alcoholic tendencies of young people relative to certain social situations. It looks at how these tendencies are normalised and in many cases glorified. 

This series of intimate portraits looks at the specific drinking culture of me and my mates, as I drink alongside them in an effort to explore our lifestyle and choice to embrace drinking as part of our lives. Each portrait is a genuine snapshot of their drunken state which is achievable through my close relationship to the subjects. The aim of this is not to glorify our drunken lifestyle but rather portray it in a non-objective light. 


For those who don’t already know, who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Laurence Morassut. I am a photographic artist located on the central coast, Australia. Much of my practice has a nocturnal element to it with most of my current work revolving around Australia's drinking culture.


What can people expect to see at your exhibition?

This exhibition aims to show a more in depth and non-subjective view into my world. A world where our social behaviour seems to be fuelled by our love of alcohol.


How did you go about creating the work? Can you describe some of the process?

This work depicts the climax of a typical night drinking in the backyard. Each subject was photographed at their peak point of intoxication, which is why many of the subjects appear in varying stages of nudity.


What are some key themes or inspiration behind the show?

The inspiration from this work came from the enjoyment and fascination of taking drunk party photos over the past 4 years. I feel there is not a large amount of work that documents Australia’s drinking culture and I aim to change that.