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Del LaGrace Volcano will give a visual and visceral presentation that demonstrates precisely what theories can look like when practiced. Through the use of spoken word and visual images produced over the course of more than four decades, Volcano’s work with the LGBTQI+ communities they have inhabited not only documents a ‘queer time and place’ it also performs as iconic testaments to the love, lust, and burning desire to defy and dismantle the forces that seek to destroy, disrespect and deactivate us all.

The evening will also include a new performance work, Deuce 2, devised by Rachael Miles and Tom Marshman.

The performance explores growing up in the 80’s, a time with very few positive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) people.

In this performance Tom and Rachael focus on the pair’s relationship to the Herb Rittz Vanity Fair cover of Cindy Crawford and KD Lang. Deuce 2 explores female masculinities, male femininities and the medias representation of identity. Using pop cultural references to unpick historical representations of gender non-conformity they reconsider the role the iconic has played in defining contemporary ‘queer’ identities.

 

Introduced by Dr Finn Mackay, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, UWE Bristol.

Organised in collaboration with the School of Art & Designs Visual Culture Research Group, and Social Sciences Research Group, UWE Bristol.

 

Del LaGrace Volcano (born California 1957) is considered to be one of the instigators of queer LGBTQI culture. They have produced five photographic monographs: Love Bites (1991), The Drag King Book with Jack Halberstam (1999), Sublime Mutations (2000), Sex Works with Beatriz Preciado (2005) and Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities with Ulrika Dahl (2008).

 

 

Interview with Bristol 24/7

Read an interview between Sarski Anderson and Del LaGrace Volcano ahead of their talk at Arnolfini here

Image: Inter* me, Del LaGraceVolcano