gender + art
If blogs were mullets, this would be the party at the back where I aggregate anything to do with gender in arts and popular culture. mainly queer & feminist art, a smidge of personal favorite artists, the occasional related docos and news. For the business at the front of sharing art that might interest queer, feminist, womanist, genderqueer, transgender, whoever creatives: please click on the pink above.
Titled for Yayoi Kusama, who is the cat's pyjamas.
…Kama’s new colour self-portrait, titled Ze (Xhosa for ‘nude’), comprises four separate panels and continues the artist’s investigations into imaging black masculinity. Specifically, Kama is interested in how aspects of sexuality and self-reflexivity are made manifest through representations of the physical body. Through these images Kama explores how all modes of subjectivity, including his own, carry within them aspects of the performative.
As with previous self-portraits, the artist works in a studio without any assistance, styling the shots himself and using a self-timer. The resultant images are fragmentary, and there is a sense of the photographic frame fighting to restrict the artist’s moving body. There is a subtle violence: bodies are cut off at the knees, arms and faces are sliced by the edges of the photograph – the seeming result of a struggle against containment of the subject position, the body….