Bury Your Gaze
inkjet print on vellum, nails, various dimensions, 2015-2016
Photography exists in ways that are not yet fully known. Similarly to José Esteban Muñoz’s description of queerness as a potentiality and aspirational entity always on the horizon, photography may not be able to fully actualize into a stable identity because it is always taking on new forms, responding to changing environments and thriving at the forefront of shifting technologies.
I articulated the parallels between Muñoz’s concept of queerness as “not-yet-here,” as proposed in the seminal text Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, and my own concept of photography as “not-yet-actualized” in my body of work, Bury Your Gaze. In this series I printed photographs of queer people on a synthetic substrate that repels ink, suspending the image in a liquid, unfixed state. The resulting prints continue to change over time. I used these material qualities to create images that can never be fully captured and in so doing, evoke a queerness that resists being defined. Simultaneously, the liquid chaos of the work points to the destruction of narratives from queer people of color. This work has been exhibited in several galleries including New York’s Clamp Art Gallery and ArtSpace New Haven.