queer burials (excerpt), 2018

gifTS: digital rituals for Queer Ancestors (2018-2020)

"Sometimes all I have to offer to Queer Ancestors is the gift of my body."

HOMOFAGSGIVING

"La Escritora Muerta offers the protection of her glass bell for processing the loss of beloved friends." for JG

HOMOFAGSGIVING is a collaborative community-building exercise for communion with queer ancestors. Part potluck, part ritual, part salon, this installation invites participants to share offerings with queer ancestors, offer rememberances of queer ancestors, and give thanks to their struggle that we may safely gather and experience the possibility of queer liberation. Offerings on the altar include artworks, fruits, sex objects, drinks, special waters, medicines, candles and queer ephemora. Queer ancestors specifically named included personal family and friends, authors Jean Genet and Oscar Wilde, activist Leslie Feinberg, Matthew Shepard, artists David Wojnarowicz and Felix González-Torres, and philosopher Michel Foucault. The gathering concludes with a salon wherein participants share talents such as song, video installation, drags, and performance lecture.

2019

2018

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