Risk, subversion and-or death in queer portraiture

thescavenger.net – Max Attitude

There is a danger in glorifying gender ambiguity in art without consideration for the real-life threats that gender-ambiguous people live with, writes Max Attitude.

Vision is always a question of the power to see – and perhaps of the violence implicit in our visualizing practices. With whose blood were my eyes crafted? – Donna Haraway

What I’m interested in is the hostility with which gender ambiguous bodies are stared at, the actuality of violence against those bodies, and the ways visual – and performative – arts subvert, reinforce or simply avoid these real life threats that trans and gender ambiguous people live with.