Queer Body Offering

Michael Espinoza (they/them) is an artist working in textile, mixed media, photography & performance living in Portland, OR. Their current practice is devoted to re-contextualizing fiber media as a ritual connecting them to Queer Ancestors lost too soon to disease, persecution or fatal sadness. The resulting artworks are photographic embroideries which unflinchingly explore the embodied experience of queerness. Michael is building two new bodies of artifacts and photography-based fiber work ("snapshots for future lovers" spring 2023 & "How to Survive a Plague", spring 2022), both about loss, survival, sexual liberation and conspiring with ancestors towards queer futurity.

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Out Now:

Perverse Bodies, the Winter 2021 zine from Femme Salée. This edition features a print version of the ritual Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS.

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Recent Exhibition

In Sickness & In Health. Curated by Genevieve Waller & Mary Grace Bernard. Group Show at the McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver CO. June, 2022.

Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction, “offering my body to Queer Ancestors for their purposes”. April 9, 2022, Portland, OR.

 

Portland Textile Month. Pop-up with Uplifted Gallery, 5404 SE 72nd Ave., Portland, OR. October 23, 2021.

 

Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS. Video insallation for Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO. Presented on Dec. 1, 2020 in recognition of World AIDS Day.

 

How to Survive a Plague, (latex condoms, latex, embroidery. 2020) New sculptural work in the group show MASK for Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver. Denver, CO. September 17-November 30, 2020.

 

A Place/Un Lugar Video installation for Museo de las Americas (Denver, CO), June 2020.

queer burials: Jean Genet, Leslie Feinberg, Michel Foucault, Walt Whitman. Risk/Reward presents PAVEMENT, a pop-up performance art festival, August 4, 2018, Portland, OR.

Reassurances I & II. Self Care: a group show about living beyond depression. November 2017, Ford Gallery, Portland, OR.

HOMOFAGSGIVING, community action, 2017-20, Portland, OR. Gathering for creating a collective focus for honoring queer ancestors.

Collaboration

I Am A Spiritual Being Because Of My Queerness. Queer Trans & Gender Variant Ancestors Project with Edgar Fabián Frías. Video, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=E_odT-hVgwo&feature=youtu.be

Rooftop Ritual, 2019, Portland, OR in collaboration with immersive VR technology, featuring Pepper Pepper, http://thepepperpepper.com/

 

Publications

Perverse Bodies, edited by Genevieve Waller for Femme Salée (Denver, CO/New Orleans, LA), winter, 2021. Features a print version of the video Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS. https://femmesalee.com/perverse-bodies/

Mirror, Mirror, a digital zine published by Union Hall Gallery, Denver, CO. March, 2021. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c37e973f2e6b124526ae5c9/t/604bf7bd02cdbb1d9b61a1a2/1615591769426/Mirror+Mirror+Zine.pdf

Media

YouTube Live Presentation of Queer Trans & Gender Variant Ancestors Project with Edgar Fabián Frías, August 2, 2021.

Lecture: Emptiness in the work left undone by Queer Artists lost to AIDS. Presented in recognition of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2020 fro Vicki Myhren Gallery at University of Denver.

Artist Panel with MASK creators for the University of Denver, November 5, 2020.

Reviews of MASK at Vicki Myhren Gallery: The Denver Post, October 13, 2020; DGO Magazine (Durango, CO), October 28, 2020

 

Interview, a conversation with Museo de las Americas for the installation of A Place/Un Lugar, June 2020 www.museo.org

Interview, The Queer Spirit podcast with Nick Venegoni. April, 2020 http://queerhealingjourneys.com/podcast/

Live Reading: The Faggots and their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell, Anchoress Syndicate via Instagram Live, March 30, 2020.