BUT, WHAT IS QUEER ART?
A Paradoxical Manifesto by Cassie Peterson
Please read my newest thought piece on what makes queer art. This essay was written to help contextualize the Queer New York International Arts Festival (June 7th-15th at Abrons Arts Center) and was originally published on the online, performing arts site, Culturebot.
Similarly, queer art is a kind of embodiment that challenges dominant modes of production, reproduction, and representation. Against essentialism and in favor of multiplicity in meaning, queer art aims to subvert traditional forms, genres, aesthetics, and structures. Queer art plays in the space of unreason. It is experimental. It is provocative. Suspicious. Queer art celebrates the failure to adhere to normative expectations and is pleased with itself as a conscious and exquisite transgression. The artists in this festival accept and employ this constellation of principles to make queer work.