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If blogs were mullets, this would be the party at the back where I aggregate anything to do with gender in arts, pop culture and my favorite, queer feminist art. Less a blog than a visual scrapbook/experiment in linking creators and audiences. For the business at the front of sharing art that might interest queer, feminist, womanist, sex radical, genderqueer, transgender, whoever creatives: please click on the pink above.
Titled for Yayoi Kusama, who is the cat's pyjamas.
Najva Sol is a Iranian-American writer, photographer, and multi-media artist. She was born in the DC area, and received her BA in Creative Writing from Eugene Lang The New School For Liberal Arts. Since then, she has worked at various non-profits that deal with some combination of art presenting, queer empowerment, people of color, social justice, and education. She co-founded an artist collective called The Lowbrow Society for the Arts in NYC, where she curated various underground events, including a renegade art show on a subway car. She is currently an MFA drop-out in poetry at the California College of the Arts. Her writing has been published in Look Look Magazine, AM New York, Release, Inprint, Periwinkle, Bitch Magazine, and more. Her other work was recently featured in the National Queer Arts Festival (2010 2011), Femina Potens Gallery, Commonwealth Club, and The Red Poppy Art House. Lowbrow Society has appeared in Nerve.com, New York Press, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Time Out New York. (via Bio | ; & })
I”ve lost all the work I produced from 2008 – 2012. Also backups were stolen. I thought of the day I spoke with another friend about alternative storage. Now it is too late. I feel like a breathing zombie right now. I don’t even know where to start. I’m wasted. I’ve sent out a note to friends to tell them about the incident.
The person/s got access to the flat via the toilet window, broke the burglar guard and got away with my cameras, lenses, memory cards and external hard drives, laptop, cellphones… Whoever ransacked the place got away with more than 20 external hard drives with the most valuable content I’ve ever produced
I am hoping that a few of my good friends are willing to go to pawn shops or to other places where this type of equipment is sold. I do not even want to know who the thief is.
Campaign to replace Zanele Muholi’s stolen photography equipment
On the 28th April, Zanele returned home from Seoul, South Korea to discover that all her work between 2008 and 2012 stored on 20 hard drives and including backups had been stolen on the 20th. The thieves also stole her cameras, lens, memory sticks and laptops. There are no words to describe Zanele’s feelings at this time as an entire original archive of Black queer lesbian history has been destroyed and that impacts on all of us – makes invisible what Zanele has worked so hard to make visible and speak of through her photography. via blacklooks
text on photo reads: I learned Taoism, a Chinese philosophy, and this led me to embracing my Chinese heritage which hitherto had been denied and unacknowledged. People at the time called me Born Again Chinese, and that’s not a bad description, as there was a certain zealousness to the process. But now, I see it as a liberation from racial suppression, and prefer to say that I came out as Chinese.
William Yang, The Art of Seduction Doco. 2010. Dir. Craig Boreham [image ‘Alpha’ by by William Yang, Brisbane late 60’s]
William Yang is a third-generation Australian-Chinese artist whose work examines his Chinese family history and gay identity. This documentary looks at one aspect of William’s work as a photographer - male nudes - the most personal and vulnerable of his work because it always involves a negotiation or transaction.
Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 focuses on Audre Lorde’s relation to the German Black Diaspora, her literary as well as political influence, and is a unique visual document about the times the author spent in Germany. The film is also for coming generations a valuable historical document of German history, which tells about the development of an Afro-German movement and the origins of the anti-racist movement before and after the German reunification. The film relates the beginnings of these political debates and therefore facilitates a historical analysis and an understanding of present debates on identity and racism in Germany. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz’s archival video- and audio recordings and footage will be made available to a wide public. The film represents an important addition to the documentary “A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde“ by Ada Gray Griffin and Michelle Parkerson which was screened at the 45th Berlin Film Festival in 1995.
Race, gender and sexuality are important concepts in your work. Can you talk about how these concepts inform your art practice?
As a queer person of colour, I am fascinated by how others construct their identities and how it manifests in other people’s bodies. I have a sense of how it manifests in my life and I am interested in exploring that in my work, but I suppose I am fascinated by how other people do that – perform their gender and their race and whether its important to them or not. Gender and sexuality were my first strong interests before realising as each work shed a skin, there were other things that were present in each work. My fascination was with human bodies and peeling away the surface, or puncturing the surface to find out what’s inside.
Reblogging this from when i had the chance to see Pariah at the New Director/New Films fest at the Lincoln Center earlier this year in March. please support this film if it happens to be playing in your city or a city near you!!!
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I had the chance to see Pariah last Saturday for the New Director/New Films fest at the Lincoln Center. I had the chance to see the short film a few years ago and actually sit on a panel that funded the film over the years. So it was such a pleasure to be able to finally see the feature length version of the film.
THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED.
In regards to Black independent filmmaking this film may have the chance to go down in history as one of the few features that actually stayed true to a high quality of writing and production value. It is a LOVELY film. A strong story that many can relate to. Not just Black lesbians. The characters that Dee Reese wrote are deeply complex and her direction gave the film such a tight and natural feel that is hard to come by these days. Kim Wayans has her first dramatic role in this film and she is absolutely amazing-i was shocked at how good she was! The cast in general contains many unknown but truly talented actors and actresses that will be sure to have a bright future i hope!
such a job well done! Please catch a screening if you can on the fest circuit. The filmmakers spoke of a late fall release, but in the meantime please spread the word! This film is SUCH a good look for Black cinema and has the chance to really reach an audience that may not even know of its existence. So we as a community must do our part and help get the word out!
and PLEASE don’t forget to support the independent queer artists of color that appear on the soundtrack by buying the Pariah album (available on iTunes!!)
reblog for the distro point even though some of the USA premiere screenings are past [but not all!]
this is a premiere theatre screening round. Coverage and turn out at this stage impacts on DVD sales and whether it’s included in all the regional and international film fests next summer. Bit of a distro domino effect. So you know, if you can see Pariah in a theatre - or include it in your reviews and promos, arts followers - pls. do!
Each year, QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR MEDIA ARTS PROJECT offers 4 free Filmmaking Workshops through our award-winning Training Program. Our workshops serve teenagers to elders.
To better serve our community, QWOCMAP has conducted Training Program workshops specifically for youth (ages 18 to 25), queer folks of color who are butch/genderqueer/transgender, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African descent, Chicanas/Latinas, and Native American/Indigenous/First Nations queer women. We also offered a workshop focused on queer immigration. We do this to deepen the dialogue and address issues specific to each community’s needs.
Intermediate workshops (and soon, advanced workshops) are available to participants who have completed a film through our QWOCMAP introductory workshop. Information regarding intermediate workshops will be announced through our filmmaker listserve and on this page when available. Please contact TRAINING@qwocmap.org with questions or inquiries.