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Like Queer Animals: We Hold Your Gaze
Like Queer Animals (LQA), the collaborative team of artist Jessie Mott and writer and queer scholar Chantal Nadeau, presents the exhibition “We Hold Your Gaze” in the Catacombs.
Mott and Nadeau’s multidisciplinary practice mobilizes various forms of writing, visual art and audio performance, revealing an abiding interest in researching and reshaping material and cultural creature morphologies. The collaborative team seeks to unsettle gender fluid and species-bending creatures as they move on and about in a public space filled with racial, gender and sexual divides. The creatures, with their multiple sets of eyes, colorful hybrid bodies, and complex emotional scale, provide alternative ways to occupy, mark and reshape the cityscape. Wild and furious at heart, their creatures activate a queer archive of emotions in an effort to “collect feelings, store them, or save them” as a means to live, survive and reimagine the present.
“We Hold Your Gaze” hones LQA’s commitment to shape queer feelings as defiant and proud postures. With their ludic embodiments, their creatures stand tall to historical and social forms of adversity. Each creature tells the story of another: imagined, real, or failed. Each creature connects with one another in sensuous moments of solidarity.
The exhibition will include all new work: several works on paper, screen prints on fabric and audio. Register to attend the free opening reception for this exhibition at our website.