June 28th and 29th 8-10PM
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St, San Francisco
Tickets at Eventbrite
Presenting Mabel Negrete, Dia Dear, DavEND, NICK+JAMES.
curated by Jesse Hewit
In an effort to unlearn desire as a constantly wavering currency that determines ultimate human worth, “Inedible Darling” turns to the grotesque: that which is so reviled that it has no positive value, no social or sexual currency, no place in an economy of desire. “Inedible Darling” seeks to learn a new framework for desire from the grotesque’s deep knowledge of living excluded from this economy. “Inedible darling” wants to get the grotesque off.
Curated by Anna-Martine Whitehead
“For Mabel Negrete, there is little distinction between art-making, activism, and life. I first came across her work through our mutual friend and collaborator Adrienne Skye Roberts, who was excited about this designer/sculptor/performance artist whose work consistently used frameworks of social control to interrogate incarceration and state surveillance. Conversations with Mabel revealed a person who is just as comfortable waxing on the overlaps between narratives of violence and online dating as she is poking fun at her Facebook avatar. And all these things are part of the same project, a part of the same unending piece. She is currently reflecting on an evolving intimate relationship and new considerations of polyamory, and I am especially interested to see how this new phase of her life will inform the work that she’ll be making for This Is What I Want.” -Anna Martine Whitehead
curated by Jesse Hewit
Do clothes fit people, or do people fit clothes? How are our desires affected and/or limited by the options available to us in a consumer economy? How can the experience of having queer/transgressive bodies, genders and identities inform the creation of new garments? How does the way we desire ourselves/each other relate to how the world desires us? How are we navigating this every time we get dressed?
In an urban queer setting, where intimacy and time are often scarce, it’s no small secret that collaborative art projects are one of the primary ways busy artists get to know each other. ”Intimasew” is a project where I use collaborative garment construction to try to transform feelings of scarcity around style, options, intimacy, desire, time, and safety, into a world of custom-made abundance that can serve as more than just a negative space shadow/reaction to fears created by the world we navigate on an everyday basis.
”NICK+JAMES AT THE THIS IS WHAT I WANT PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL IN A TRIBUTE”
Curated by Doran George
Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died.”
Dressed alike while dancing within the confines of strict unison, the audience sees these bodies both liberated and confined. The movement reveals a desire for self-liberation within a structure that ultimately does not allow fulfillment. The duet questions if this economy of reimagining and of queering source can lead us to being unstuck or if it introduces another kind of stuck, a vicious cycle of remembering and reproduction.