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Titled for Yayoi Kusama, who is the cat's pyjamas.


"Trying to find ways to do lovemaking pics"

Tee A. Corinne has created a large and lasting body of photographs of lesbian eroticism. She was a revolutionary, she did what no one had done before her – she made erotic art for lesbians from a lesbian perspective. “Every new generation of lesbian photographers who follow her look back on her work as some sort of norm – the basic lesbian photograph.
The feminist movement argued that heterosexuality and hence erotic art objectifies women, thus it became increasingly difficult for feminist artists to deal with sexuality in their work. Tee A. Corinne found several ways to deal with the problem of representing lesbian sexuality. To avoid the male gaze, she either used specific techniques to create abstract or metaphoric images, or she insisted that sexually explicit work was only displayed in women-only exhibitions and publications.
In 1982, Tee A. Corinne produced a large series called “Yantras of Womanlove”. While these photographs are explicit, Corinne used the technique of arranging multiple prints into yantras to camouflage their outspokenness. Apart from that, she was also concerned for the models’ privacy. Thus she created abstract images of lesbian sexuality by using several techniques, such as solarisation, flipped negatives, images printed in negative and multiple exposures. These heavily manipulated images function not only as a protection for the individual model’s identity, but also as a correlative for the status of the public lesbian: present yet invisible, out yet hidden, provocative yet in need of protection

via Tee A. Corinne

"Trying to find ways to do lovemaking pics"

Tee A. Corinne has created a large and lasting body of photographs of lesbian eroticism. She was a revolutionary, she did what no one had done before her – she made erotic art for lesbians from a lesbian perspective. “Every new generation of lesbian photographers who follow her look back on her work as some sort of norm – the basic lesbian photograph.

The feminist movement argued that heterosexuality and hence erotic art objectifies women, thus it became increasingly difficult for feminist artists to deal with sexuality in their work. Tee A. Corinne found several ways to deal with the problem of representing lesbian sexuality. To avoid the male gaze, she either used specific techniques to create abstract or metaphoric images, or she insisted that sexually explicit work was only displayed in women-only exhibitions and publications.

In 1982, Tee A. Corinne produced a large series called “Yantras of Womanlove”. While these photographs are explicit, Corinne used the technique of arranging multiple prints into yantras to camouflage their outspokenness. Apart from that, she was also concerned for the models’ privacy. Thus she created abstract images of lesbian sexuality by using several techniques, such as solarisation, flipped negatives, images printed in negative and multiple exposures. These heavily manipulated images function not only as a protection for the individual model’s identity, but also as a correlative for the status of the public lesbian: present yet invisible, out yet hidden, provocative yet in need of protection

via Tee A. Corinne

— 2 years ago with 6 notes
#the gaze  #lesbians  #dykes  #LGBTI  #photography  #art  #Tee Corinne 

somethingforthepain:

- How do you feel about being interviewed?

I feel like a perfectly good potato put through a masher. Nothing comes out the way I expected, and my skin is off, and the solid, sane things get pulped and the whole thing is served up easy to swallow, but not for me. I am still somewhere at the bottom of the masher shouting “I AM A POTATO GET ME OUT OF HERE”.

- Why do you think what you do matters?

Art and potatoes are pretty similar. Everyone needs slow-release energy and something to stabilise the gut. Art does that – it isn’t fast food, but it isn’t fancy food either. It’s the solid stuff of life. I once had lunch at Heston Blumenthall’s Fat Duck at Bray. I was very depressed because I am not a chocolate risotto kind of person. That night I dug up new potatoes from my garden with my hands, steamed them, covered them in olive oil and mint and chives, and ate nothing else. Then I felt better. The same thing happens to me with a book or a painting. It reminds me that life is good and solid, not about money and not about fad.

- Have you ever found true love?

Yes, but then what do you do?

Jeanette Winterson, on Questions that authors are never asked

(via catiebat)

— 2 years ago with 22 notes
#art potato  #jeanette winterson  #artist interview  #writers  #dykes  #then what? 
gonegood:


In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 70s- Fall Festival 
h/t karaj


"The 1970s was a period of intense excitement, change, activism, and activity for lesbians.  As lesbian feminism redefined what qualified as a "political issue" and challenged every assumption about gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and any other social category, lesbians of all kinds created cultural, social, political, economic, and regional organizations and networks. …In recognition of this momentous decade, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) announces a weekend-long event/conference/festival of lesbian history, culture, arts, scholarship, discussion, and performance from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10th.”  Despite my eternal conflict with lesbian feminist heritage, I sigh with happiness at this event for the better aspects: merging ridiculously politically defiant womens socializing with major cultural geekery.

gonegood:

In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 70s- Fall Festival 

h/t karaj

"The 1970s was a period of intense excitement, change, activism, and activity for lesbians.  As lesbian feminism redefined what qualified as a "political issue" and challenged every assumption about gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and any other social category, lesbians of all kinds created cultural, social, political, economic, and regional organizations and networks. …

In recognition of this momentous decade, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) announces a weekend-long event/conference/festival of lesbian history, culture, arts, scholarship, discussion, and performance from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10th.” 

Despite my eternal conflict with lesbian feminist heritage, I sigh with happiness at this event for the better aspects: merging ridiculously politically defiant womens socializing with major cultural geekery.

(via jeanthesecond-deactivated201201)

— 3 years ago with 5 notes
#archive  #art  #dykes  #lesbians  #queer  #queer women  #conference  #LGBTI history 

i hang out with transwomen who make great art. but its hard to track em down these days becuz most of em are fucking dead. oh there are a few making some kind of art. but some of the most hilarious and brilliant shit is on AIDS zines and punk cds that are out of print, becuz those who made it are no longer here to promote it. who led the fight against AIDS for the past 20- years? lesbians. who are at the top of the AIDS demographic? transwomen. so who is fighting hardest for transwomen? lesbians. self appointed! codependents! let the trannies fend for themselves!

via Trans Spotting, by Lynnee Breedlove | Queer Zine Lit Breedlove’s manifesto on being criticized as a “self appointed” leader on trans issues, despite trans issues being Breedloves own life and part of being the really visible singer in Tribe 8 anyway.

i hang out with transwomen who make great art. but its hard to track em down these days becuz most of em are fucking dead. oh there are a few making some kind of art. but some of the most hilarious and brilliant shit is on AIDS zines and punk cds that are out of print, becuz those who made it are no longer here to promote it. who led the fight against AIDS for the past 20- years? lesbians. who are at the top of the AIDS demographic? transwomen. so who is fighting hardest for transwomen? lesbians. self appointed! codependents! let the trannies fend for themselves!

via Trans Spotting, by Lynnee Breedlove | Queer Zine Lit Breedlove’s manifesto on being criticized as a “self appointed” leader on trans issues, despite trans issues being Breedloves own life and part of being the really visible singer in Tribe 8 anyway.

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#manifestos  #trans women  #Lynnee Breedlove  #queer  #punk  #Tribe 8  #manifestos are fun  #homocore  #feminist art  #dykes  #transgender 

Phranc - Bloodbath (via PhrancVEVO)

Phranc’s late 80’s South Africa anti-apartheid folk song. Butches with blatant symbolism and blue jeans!

— 3 years ago
#queer  #Phranc  #racism  #folk  #video  #dykes  #80's 
Cheryl Dunye “The Owls” Hits Home at Frameline LGBT Film Festival

Cheryl Dunye’s latest feature The Owls is an experimental narrative tour de force. … The premise of the film concerns four middle aged dykes who cover up the accidental murder of a baby dyke. The initial moments of the film blast footage of  Riot Girrl band “The Screech” with captivating music saturated with feminist political lyrics and jarring imagery to boot. ….
The Owls is an odyssey about lesbian/queer personal politics and features actors that continue to put lesbian filmmaking on the map. First up are veteran actors that helped change the way lesbian narratives were made in Rose Troche’s Go Fish (1994). Guinevere Turner plays Iris, former Screech lead singer and V.S. Brodie, sticks with the initials as MJ, former Screech producer. Director Dunye doubles up as Carol with UK filmmaker Lisa Gornick who plays former Screech bass player Lily. Then there is baby dyke and hearth throb, Deak Evgenikos as Cricket and her tool toting mate, Skye, played by Skyler Cooper.
OWL stands for Older Wiser Lesbian and all of these actors save the one that is accidently knocked off are + 40. Cricket’s “accident” is a symbolic action for how lost young lesbians don’t seem to acknowledge or care about the history of the lesbian movement.
The film seeks to unite today’s nuanced lesbian - queer -  butch - transman - movement with no labels but enough signposts that reveal a collective language known to the audience it caters to. Call it what you will, each woman defines herself, each woman speaks to the intricacies of relationships in the queer community, however isolated. In this case it’s a real slice of lesbian life in a little enclosure far from the city. The characters candidly and authentically speak to the camera and reveal their truths about what it means to be queer and lesbian in society today.

Soooo, the baby dyke being killed is meant to address alienation of baby dykes from their heritage? Assuming it’s more nauanced than that..has anyone seen it?

Cheryl Dunye “The Owls” Hits Home at Frameline LGBT Film Festival

Cheryl Dunye’s latest feature The Owls is an experimental narrative tour de force. … The premise of the film concerns four middle aged dykes who cover up the accidental murder of a baby dyke. The initial moments of the film blast footage of  Riot Girrl band “The Screech” with captivating music saturated with feminist political lyrics and jarring imagery to boot. ….

The Owls is an odyssey about lesbian/queer personal politics and features actors that continue to put lesbian filmmaking on the map. First up are veteran actors that helped change the way lesbian narratives were made in Rose Troche’s Go Fish (1994). Guinevere Turner plays Iris, former Screech lead singer and V.S. Brodie, sticks with the initials as MJ, former Screech producer. Director Dunye doubles up as Carol with UK filmmaker Lisa Gornick who plays former Screech bass player Lily. Then there is baby dyke and hearth throb, Deak Evgenikos as Cricket and her tool toting mate, Skye, played by Skyler Cooper.

OWL stands for Older Wiser Lesbian and all of these actors save the one that is accidently knocked off are + 40. Cricket’s “accident” is a symbolic action for how lost young lesbians don’t seem to acknowledge or care about the history of the lesbian movement.

The film seeks to unite today’s nuanced lesbian - queer -  butch - transman - movement with no labels but enough signposts that reveal a collective language known to the audience it caters to. Call it what you will, each woman defines herself, each woman speaks to the intricacies of relationships in the queer community, however isolated. In this case it’s a real slice of lesbian life in a little enclosure far from the city. The characters candidly and authentically speak to the camera and reveal their truths about what it means to be queer and lesbian in society today.

Soooo, the baby dyke being killed is meant to address alienation of baby dykes from their heritage? Assuming it’s more nauanced than that..has anyone seen it?

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#OWLS  #dykes  #film  #Sarah Schulman  #Cheryl Dunye  #riot grrrl  #lesbian archive  #intergenerational 

thegang:

KEISHA KNOWS, 9 min, 2010
A SupaFriends Production
Produced by Global Action Project

Inspired by lesbian pulp fiction novels of the 1950s and the film noir genre, Keisha Knows addresses heteronormativity through not just any love story – but one that explores what is at stake when a community is divided.

The SupaFriends took a trip to the Lesbian Herstory Archives in the Spring and learned about lesbian pulp fictions novels, which inspired the group’s choice in film genre in the pre-production process. Learn more about the Lesbian Herstory Archives: lesbianherstoryarchives.org/

For more information about Global Action Project or to order a DVD copy of this film, please contact GAP: global-action.org

If you’ve enjoyed watching this film or would like to support our youth programs please consider making a secure online donation via Guidestar: partners.guidestar.org/controller/searchResults.gs?action_donateReport=1&partner=networkforgood&ein=11-3425000

Media Educators:
Jai Dulani
J. Macchiarelli

— 3 years ago with 11 notes
#aw cute!  #heteronormativity  #film  #lesbian pulp fiction  #lesbian herstory  #queer  #dykes 
ekswitaj:

amberlrhea:

sexartandpolitics:

Hsiao-Chuan Hsia - Untitled (from the series Turn the Gays [Gaze] Around), 2006 Dyke March Toronto, Canada
For years Dyke March participants have complained about the countless cameras lining the route, presumably carried by straight men hoping to snap shots of bare-breasted babes or girl-on-girl action. This year a group of women decided to turn the tables on the photo-graphers and turn them into the spectacle. Turn The Gays (Gaze) Around was a project conceived of by Gaye Chan, an art history professor at the University Of Hawaii. With the help of a couple of local friends, Chan set about documenting the Dyke March’s paparazzi.
Dyke March intervention flips the photo op | Xtra



Love it! It’s interesting that they did this at a female dominated forum, or at least a forum with a high contingent of queer women. I’ve seen incredibly mixed, sometimes hostile, responses to gaze reversal approaches when the photographers were a bit more “gotcha” about it.

ekswitaj:

amberlrhea:

sexartandpolitics:

Hsiao-Chuan Hsia - Untitled (from the series Turn the Gays [Gaze] Around), 2006
Dyke March
Toronto, Canada

For years Dyke March participants have complained about the countless cameras lining the route, presumably carried by straight men hoping to snap shots of bare-breasted babes or girl-on-girl action. This year a group of women decided to turn the tables on the photo-graphers and turn them into the spectacle. Turn The Gays (Gaze) Around was a project conceived of by Gaye Chan, an art history professor at the University Of Hawaii. With the help of a couple of local friends, Chan set about documenting the Dyke March’s paparazzi.

Dyke March intervention flips the photo op | Xtra

Love it! It’s interesting that they did this at a female dominated forum, or at least a forum with a high contingent of queer women. I’ve seen incredibly mixed, sometimes hostile, responses to gaze reversal approaches when the photographers were a bit more “gotcha” about it.

— 3 years ago with 30 notes
#The gaze  #Gaye Chan  #heh heh  #layered publics!  #queer  #dykes  #feminist art 

Tammy Rae Carland is an Oakland, California-based artist who works in photography, experimental video, and small-run publications. Her work has been screened and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In the ’90s, Carland produced a series of influential fanzines, including I (heart) Amy Carter. She has collaborated on record art for releases from seminal underground bands Bikini Kill, the Fakes, and the Butchies. From 1997-2005, she co-ran Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company dedicated to the production and dissemination of queer and feminist culture. via Tammy Rae Carland - Flavorpill

love this pic of them from the Mr. Lady days.

Tammy Rae Carland is an Oakland, California-based artist who works in photography, experimental video, and small-run publications. Her work has been screened and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In the ’90s, Carland produced a series of influential fanzines, including I (heart) Amy Carter. She has collaborated on record art for releases from seminal underground bands Bikini Kill, the Fakes, and the Butchies. From 1997-2005, she co-ran Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company dedicated to the production and dissemination of queer and feminist culture. via Tammy Rae Carland - Flavorpill

love this pic of them from the Mr. Lady days.

— 4 years ago with 46 notes
#Mr Lady  #Tammy Rae Carland  #Kaia Wilson  #portraits  #queer  #feminist art  #dykes 

Rise Above: A Tribe 8 Documentary (via toesandumbrellas)

I can’t watch this trailer for Rise Above without smiling. Especially the dudes at the end saying they were scared of the dyke band. Very loud and NSFW, btw.

— 4 years ago
#Tribe8  #queer  #homocore  #dykes  #feminist art  #documentary  #music 
Femmes of Color Symposium 2010 →

Call for Workshops, Papers, Performance, and Art Femme of Color Symposium (FOCS) 2010: Celebrations and Reflections March 26-28, 2009 Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 www.focs2010.com FOCS2010: Celebrations and Reflections, the inaugural symposium by and for self-identified FEMMES of COLOR, will create the opportunity—through workshops, community building/social activities, presentations, panels, and/or performances—to uncover and discover our similarities, our differences, our needs and how to build the bridges that will allow us to support each other in all ofwho we are. It will serve as a launch point for a real-time and virtual nation-wide network of diverse individuals, prompt dialogue, and empower us to cultivate, sustain, and celebrate the vibrant connections we have made and will make among femmes of color. We invite femmes of color from all over the map—community members, artists, academics, homemakers, activists, etc.—to participate in FOCS2010 as presenters and participants.

This looks awesome! The submissions date’s a week away, Jan 31st but they’re taking all kinds of performance, workshops etc.

— 4 years ago with 1 note
#femmes  #WOC  #symposium  #call out  #activism  #queer  #LGBT  #dykes  #bi  #transfolk  #New Orleans  #art 

transpride:

genderqueer:

Truer [by Sophia Wallace] is an autobiographical love story.

The title is aimed at challenging the idea of a singular truth regarding love, sexuality, and gender. Through photographs of intensely private moments both joyful and in conflict, Truer seeks to engage the viewer in considering prevailing visual depictions of truth in love, gender norms, and feminine beauty.

Truer situates itself within a largely unseen history of lesbian lives by lesbian photographers.”

What’s Transpride doing reblogging this? Transpride isn’t about sexuality!! I know, I know. I’m reblogging this because of the photograph where she is binding. It brings an idea forward: Does sexuality and gender mix? I mean, of course, it mixes. Sexuality is a big issue for transgendered people. Would you be who you are without your sexuality? Does your sexuality help your confidence that you are transgendered? It’s a risqué issue, but sexuality plays a big part in everyone’s lives. I suppose this is why LGBTQ is grouped together: sexuality and gender are so heavily linked that they can’t not be together. However, in this group, it’s almost like we are singling ourselves from those who are straight and different from us. Maybe we are singling ourselves out; straight people across the globe are very PC with us, and they try their hardest to understand but maybe they’re intimidated.

I don’t even know, I’m rambling now.

- Tony.

— 4 years ago with 37 notes
#dykes  #art  #beauty  #photography