We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’ domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present. The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of the moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.
Art by Nigel Nolan.
I reviewed Nolan’s Argentine Boys for Sale project for Hyperallergic. Here’s an excerpt:
“Is this relationship built on trust?” Nigel Nolan asks in a caption directed at FeD, one of his “Argentine boys for sale.” The relationship in question is structured on commodity exchange: FeD’s image in exchange for a cut of the sales from it. Argentine Boys for Sale, a 500-page ebook with accompanying soundtrack by Xiu Xiu, documents a three-year-long project in which Nolan shared a home with five young men in Buenos Aires. Nolan painted and photographed these “boys,” posted their portraits to his blog, and invited visitors to sponsor them by buying their images, with the promise that ten percent of each sale would go to the subject, who would later tell the buyer how he spent the money.
French sculptor Bruno Catalano works in bronze sculpture, with a reoccuring motif. His figures are always lacking mid sections, and seem to be eerily suspended in mid air.
Each of his sculptures feature somebody with a suitcase in hand, usually with an introspective or uncertain expression.
Nadia Myre, Indian Act
Indian Act speaks of the realities of colonization - the effects of contact, and its often-broken and untranslated contracts. The piece consists of all 56 pages of the Canadian Federal Government’s Indian Act mounted on stroud cloth and sewn over with red and white glass beads. Each word is replaced with white beads sewn into the document; the red beads replace the negative space.
OUT NOW: OOMK Zine #2
Issue 2 of One of my Kind (OOMK) is now available to buy for £5 at the OOMK Magpile shop for UK and international orders. Issue 2 is 114 pages full colour and contains contributions from over 40 female emerging and established artists and writers.
About: One of my Kind is a biannual small press publication about art, activism, feminism and spirituality. While OOMK shares and explores the work of women from a diverse range of background it is particularly inclusive of Muslim women.
Issue 2 is a celebration of PRINT and is packed with interviews, articles, art, photography, illustration and lots more.
Featuring: Guerrilla Girls, Mahwish Chishty, Fatema Zehra, Aurella Yussuf, Hana Riaz, Sara Salem, See Red, Sabba Khan, Aya Haidar, Houria Niati, Rosie Martin, Nasreen Raja, Christine Rosch, Alana Questell, Sofia Niazi, Mehwish Iqbal, Meryem Meg, Amy Lambert, Leila Abdul Razzaq, Rose Nordin, Daksheeta Pattni, Emily Evans, Peter Willis, Alice Lindsay, Florence Shaw, Soraya Syed, Aleesha Nandhra, Heiba Lamara, Hannah Habibi Hopkin, Rachael Hopkin, Hadeel Eltayeb, Abbas Zahedi, Farah Elahi, Christine Bjerke, Patrick Gallagher, Fuad Ali, Rabiah Abdulla, Asako Taki.
To find out more or to request a copy for press/reviews please visit www.oomk.net
Join us for the Chicago release of ALL OF THE SEVEN BIRKENSNAKE 6es!
Celebrate the seven-headed Birkensnake!
Last year, Birkensnake’s editors, Brian Conn and Joanna Ruocco, invited seven pairs of writers, strangers to each other until they signed on to the project, to each guest edit their own version of Birkensnake Issue Six. The resulting seven versions of the issue are stranger and more fabulous than anyone dared to dream.
Only 150 copies of each version of Birkensnake 6 exist. At Birkensnake release parties, you can see the seven versions of Birkensnake 6 on display—each version designed by a different bookmaker/artist—and walk away changed forever, with your very own copy of one version of Birkensnake Issue Six in your satchel.
But copies are available ONLY at these release events, and only available to those who choose to participate in the public readings. So come to Uncharted Books ready to read aloud from the Birkensnake volume of your choice.
The Chicago event will be hosted by Megan Milks, who, with Miodrag Kojadinovic, guest edited Birkensnake 6: Neverending Tales.
Readers will include these contributors to Neverending Tales:
James Tadd Adcox
AND in the spirit of infinity: YOU!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6th at 7pm
Uncharted Books: 2630 N Milwaukee; CHICAGO