Against the backdrop of increasing, institutionalized homophobia in Russia, I looked for positive and realistic images of LGBT Russians. As a photography historian and film curator, I am aware of the potency of visual representation -- the affirming power of self-representation in particular.
davenport's work has been neglected in contemporary literary criticism and retrospectives of poetry from the black arts and women's liberation movements, but it is ripe for a revisiting and a reappraisal. Now readers can have an electronic copy of davenport's iconic it's like this.
These are the artists who make daily sacrifices for their work in order to create an uncensored, un-mainstream, and in-your-face experience that challenges and entertains in a way that LOGO or Bravo wouldn't touch with a 10-foot-pole.
Some of the questions I was most asked when talking about the QNYI was why were we doing a queer international arts festival in New York. Aren't we over that sort of frame yet? Haven't we come a long way? Isn't everything already so queer?
There is black Jesus, Asian Jesus, female "Christa," and now queer Jesus to set people free and heal some of the damage done in Christ's name. Many, including me, see the queer Christ Jesus as a blessing that builds faith by embodying God's wildly inclusive love for all.
Why join Ira Sachs and Lily Binns in Queer/Art/Mentorship? Because what Werner Herzog and Alan J. Pakula did for me when I was just out of college was simple. They said (though not in these exact words), "You go, girl!"
I recently received the Queer/Art/ Mentorship Fellowship, and artist Louise Fishman became my mentor. I remember the first thing I learned from Louise: she told me not to throw away anything that I work on.