Queer.Art.Matters. — A Virtual Symposium on Resistance, Embodiment and Power seeks to recognize and honor the innumerable cultural contributions of Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ people to the American social fabric. Organized into three panels, the symposium invites a cadre of artists, scholars and activists to discuss how their respective work resists white supremacist, anti-black, patriarchal and classist exclusion by offering creative visions of future possibilities beyond the demonic ground upon which the current world order is built. Panelists will discuss topics including the ballroom scene, embodied queer aesthetics and queer disruptions in Fine Art.
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- Gia Love
- Fatima Jamal
- Cuauhtémoc Lauren
- Richard Clark
- Mecca Williams
- Shoniqua Roach, Ph.D.
- Kiyan Williams
- Aeryka Hollis−O’Neil
- Alex “The Drag Therapist” Jenny
Panel 1: The Category Is: A Panel on Ballroom
The cultural contributions of the ballroom scene cannot possibly be overstated. From music to fashion, the scene’s influence on global trends is undeniable. Moreover, the ballroom scene’s emphasis on kinship, space as ritual performance and its gender system comprise some of its most transformative and life affirming contributions within a white western society that constantly tells the scene’s Black, Latinx and Asian gay, lesbian, transgender, queer and nonbinary members that their lives have no value. However, the scene is not without its issues. This panel addresses various controversies within the ballroom scene and is organized around a keyword/concept about which each panelist will provide commentary.