Queer Archives, Queer Movements

Robert Summers
  • Radical History Review, May 2015, Duke University Press
  • DOI: 10.1215/01636545-2849522

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.

Perspectives

Robert Summers (Author)

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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