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Title:Queer Heresies
Author(s):Whiteneir, Kevin Talmer Jr.
Contributor(s):Nyxturna, Fay
Subject(s):Library and Information Science
Abstract:At once bizarre and strange, uncanny and unnatural, taboo and heretical, the word “queer” seems to say so much, prompt so much response, and yet still be so nebulous. And that is part of what constructs queerness. In many ways it is an occult science, one that is often unknowable when you aren’t a participant, a heretical art when you cannot govern, police, or constrain it from the outside. That is why there is no more exemplary figure of queerness than the witch. Queer Heretics is an intervention into the contemporary art world as a queer artist, an art historian of the African-diaspora, and a practicing occultist implementing the performative rituals and myths of witchcraft. I seek to encourage resistance to restrictive cultural practices in their different incarnations, as well as provide inspiration into how resistance can be embodied and manifested in the external world. To do so I believe we must relocate, recreate, and recenter the queer potential implicit within witchcraft as both a spiritual and artistic apparatus. We must disrupt the predominant narratives that, due to European colonialism and other factors, has narrowed how we understand magic and unsanctioned knowledge.
Issue Date:2020
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Kevin Talmer Whiteneir Jr.
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-04-15

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