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St Aidan's SCR Presents: Speaker: Del LaGrace Volcano: Corpus Queer: Bodies of Resistance
“Queer bodies are vulgar bodies; plebeian bodies, street bodies,
bodies that don’t know the meaning of discipline,
bodies that reject the adage “one can never be too rich, too white or too thin”.
Queer bodies create the template for cultural disgust
and teach us what we must not want to be or to have.
What does the queer body do?
It performs abjection with the kind of power only those who are despised can acquire.
It shows us how to love all that we are taught to hate.
Through this act of repudiation, this act of affirmation,
the queer body screams!
Look at me and love me . . .
if you dare.”
Del LaGrace Volcano is a gender variant visual artist and activist, originally from California , they lived 25 years in London and now reside in middle Sweden. Volcano formally trained as a photographer and their work includes photography, installation, spoken word, film and video. Produced over the course of 4 decades this work seeks to interrogate not only the performance of gender but to also expose and explore our acquiescence to other norms, from white norms to beauty norms, from the mythologies of the able body to the primacy of identity itself in contemporary queer discourse.
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