What does queer look like beyond the body? Rubber Factory’s NEWFLESH, curated by Efrem Zelony-Mindell, will expel most notions of conventional gender and identity studies as we hope to reclaim certain notions of what queer is. The body gets in the way. The works in NEWFLESH ascend peculiarity. It’s with the hope of removing titles and preconceptions that these works will lead to a path of total equality. That’s the hope. NEWFLESH seeks the interpretation of the public and its peers to engage in a discussion of humanism. What does it mean to become yourself? The body is a collective, not singular or defined. It doesn’t have to be, not anymore.
“Photography can abet the forming of personal characteristics. The camera is a crafty thing; it is dangerous and intelligent in the hands of hungry and humbled makers. The self is not nearly as solid and definitive as it is pliant, abstracted and ephemeral. Queer is about acknowledging that state of possibility.”
It becomes intimate. If you’ll have it.
We are becoming ourselves. Equality exists beyond the conventions of the body. NEWFLESH acts as a pathway to illuminating this manipulation. Maybe if we stop just looking at things we know, we could see them for what they could become.
We invite you to join us on Friday, the 9th of September (through the 23rd of September) to celebrate yourself, your body, not your body and others. Along with the show NEWFLESH is featured in DEAR DAVE, magazine’s 23rd issue. There are many reasons to celebrate, come find yours.