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Queer craft…?

Carderera, L, Bryan-Wilson, J, Flood, C, McBrinn, J, Wilson, C.J.R and Smith, M (2016) Queer craft…? In: Design Culture Salon 21, 20 May 2016, V&A, London, UK.

Abstract

Queer has a double meaning: both as an umbrella term for marginalised identities and also as a deconstructive technique. When coupled with craft which also has a fluid meaning, the subject area provides opportunity for debate and multiple readings. Craft has historically been linked to issues of identity since the work of William Morris, through to its adoption by feminist and postmodernist artists. More recently, craft techniques have been adopted by artists addressing identity politics including Nick Cave, Virgil Marti, Kent Hendricksen, Allyson Mitchell and Doug Jones as well as artists addressing craftivism. Queer Craft both addresses identity and also deconstructs assumptions about craft technique, explored both explicitly and obliquely in exhibitions including Boys Craft (Haifa Museum of Art) and A Labour of Love (The New Museum, New York) and Boys with Needles (Museum London, Ontario). This Salon aims to explore the debates and multiple meanings that exist in the work of artists using craft and addressing queerness by considering the following key questions: What might queer craft be and what does it look like? Are the labels of queer and craft of use or a hindrance? Can craft learn from identity politics?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 10:56
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2016 11:45
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