Queer Archive of Vaginal Davis
What is it about?
This paper examines the never before explored visual archives of Vaginal Davis -- from which she draws from for her performances and visual works. It is argued that this archive functions as a "queer archive" in that it is a collection of queer histories and lives. Furthermore, it is argued that beyond the visual archives of Davis -- she herself is a queer, corporeal archive; she is an embodied archive of a queer life. In the end it is argued much can be learned -- for art history and visual culture -- from Vaginal Davis and/as her queer visual archives.
Why is it important?
This paper adds to the growing literature on Vaginal Davis, queer archives -- and especially queer art history and visual culture. It marks the beginning of what will be a deeper exploration into the aforementioned. Finally, it shows the importance of the archive to performance and body art.
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