The Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University and Värmland Pride at Värmlands Museum
August 30, 2019 | Public talk
Time and place: 18:00 – 20:00; Värmlands Museum, Karlstad
Del LaGrace Volcano
LOVE, LUST & LEGACY: 40 YEARS OF TRANS, INTER AND QUEER ART ACTIVISM
The art presentation by US-born and Sweden-based artist Del LaGrace Volcano is the result of four decades of creating images with people who exist outside the bi-polar binaries of sex and gender. Volcano discusses their work – images that are not only documents of a ‘queer time and place’ but also iconic testaments to the love, lust, and burning desire to defy the forces that seek to destroy, disrespect and deactivate us. A rare chance to experience a visceral first-person account of what happens when LGBTQI+ theory is put into glorious technicolor practice.
Del LaGrace Volcano is considered to be one of instigators of queer LGBTQI+ culture. A formally trained photographer Volcano’s work includes photography, installation, spoken word, performance and film created with the intention to interrogate the performance and lived practice of gender and the sexed body from a multiplicity of positions. Volcano earned an MA in Photographic Studies at University of Derby, UK in 1992 after studying photography at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1979-81. Assigned and raised female from birth Volcano discovered they were intersex at the age of 37. Since 1995 Volcano has identified as both female and male, intersex and non-binary/gender-queer. Volcano has published 5 photographic monographs on the queer subcultures they have inhabited over the course of five decades. Volcano’s latest incarnation as a MaPa for two young children in middle Sweden includes being a parent for social justice and actively participating in projects and collaborations with filmmakers, photojournalists, researchers and artists in order to demonstrate the what being raised with a queer, feminist, anti-racist perspective looks and feels like. They offer a template for what life could and should be like for all gender non-conforming children and queer families.
The event is in English and is for free. It is co-arranged by Värmland Pride and CGF – Centrum för genusforskning/Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstads universitet.