WHAT: Queering The Body
WHO: Artists: Delilah Lyses-sApo, Cleo Gardiner, Michael Filocamo, Randall Taylor, Katt Beaton, Rosanna Eid, Bernadette Knight, Willurei, Christina Lucia Giuffrida.
Curated by Cleo Gardiner
WHEN: Opening Thursday January 10, 6pm. Jan 11-Feb 3. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, + Sat/Sun Feb 2-3 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley, Tel: (02) 9563-6218, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queering The Body
‘Queering The Body’ is a powerful and eclectic exhibition that reflects upon and deconstructs the temporal, intellectual, erotic, emotional and sexual dissonance that is enmeshed and embodied in gender and the queering of a body/bodies.
The artists examine the internalised and externalised processes around bodily pleasure, experience, representation and deconstruction in a gendered and queer context. Challenging the heterosexist paradigms, which often position the gendered or queer body as “other”.
The contemporary and challenging interpretations by these visual artists are framed within a political and critical narrative that provides opportunities for re-thinking detours, gaps and absences in a post colonialist, post feminist and post modern world. Yet simultaneously, the artists do not blindly accept that the social and political struggles of “othering” are over and relegated to the past.
Judith Butler argues that gender, like sexuality, is not an essential truth derived from the body’s materiality but rather is predicated on a regulatory fiction. Butler discusses the performative dissent implied in enacting and embodying Queerness and argues that, for example, Drag and Butch/ Femme representations contest the current conditions of cultural intelligibility for sexed-gendered subjects through a demonstration of “the utterly constructed status of the so-called heterosexual original”.
The artists in “Queering The Body” enthusiastically and critically take up and extend the queer theoretical and conceptual investigations of non-heteronormative subject positions in Gender and Queerness.