Poverty of Vision is a drag performance that knits together intersecting critiques of the 1980’s. Considering the 80’s as a regressive period when contemporary art discourse and institutional frameworks actively forgot the radical redefinitions, of what art could be and who it could be for, that had gone before in the 1970’s. The piece proposes that ‘looking into archives is all about looking at what isn’t there’.
Integrating institutional critique with a queering of childhood, an overwriting of the archive with the work of Ana Mendieta’s aesthetics of disappearance, and a feminist reading of American minimalism, Poverty of Vision incorporates drag performance and the backing track as a means of overlaying pop culture with so called high culture in a questioning of what kind of traces culture leaves behind and how it is possible to intervene into and undermine the archives of power.
|Medium||performance with video projection, video documentation, script, two risograph double-sided posters (unlimited edition, given to audience during performance)|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 2017, 2021|
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