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02.12.2019

An Infinite Becoming

Based on the synergy between flesh and stone present in two photographs by artist Laura Aguilar, curator Marco Antonio Flores proposes a rethinking of hegemonic ways of seeing, while recognizing, through a queer poetic, intrinsic vulnerability of inhabiting and making bodies present.

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Notes

  1. Gloria E. Anzaldúa should be noted here as she has written extensively on the body and embodied aesthetics. She proposes that if we allow ourselves to sense an image, we may experience it more fully through the senses. Anzaldúa writes, “Before it even hits your mind, it’s already plucking at your flesh, tugging at your heart.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa and Ana Louise Keating, The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader, Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, p. 64.

  2. Deleuze writes, “I am forever folding between […] folds, and if to perceive means to unfold, then I am forever perceiving within the folds.” Gilles Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993), p. 93.

  3. Dana Luciano and Mel Y. Chen. “Introduction: Has the Queer Ever Been Human?” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and
    Gay Studies 21, no. 2 (2015): Iv-207, p. 186.

  4. Laura E. Pérez, Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007), p. 281.

  5. Ibid., p. 286.

  6. In Touching Feeling (2003), Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick suggests a theory of beside to offer a theorization on queer affects of the everyday. To suggest a theorization of beside is to remedy that which is beneath and beyond while simultaneously undoing the the dualisms they create. It is a process of becoming. Sedgwick writes, “Beside permits a spacious agnosticism about several of the linear logics that enforce dualistic thinking: noncontradiction or the law of the excluded middle, cause versus effect, subject versus object… Beside comprises a wide range of desiring, identifying, representing, repelling, paralleling, differentiating, rivaling, leaning, twisting, mimicking, withdrawing, attracting, aggressing, warping, and other relations.” Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity, Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2003, p. 8.

  7. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987, p. 21.

  8. In ‘Introduction: Rhizome,’ Deleuze and Guattari write: “[an] assemblage is precisely this increase in the dimensions of multiplicity that necessarily changes in nature as it expands its connections. There are no points or positions in a rhizome, such as those found in a structure, tree, or root. There are only lines. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987, p.8.

  9. Deleuze and Guattari introduce the concept of the rhizome. A principle to this multiplicity includes the rupture. They write: “Principle of asignifying rupture: against the oversignifying breaks separating structures or cutting across a single structure. A rhizome may be broken, shattered at a given spot, but it will start up again on one of its old lines, or on new ones.” Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987, p. 9.

  10. Ibid., p. 12.

  11. Ibid., p. 272.

  12. Ibid., p. 507.

  13. Dana Luciano and Mel Y. Chen. “Introduction: Has the Queer Ever Been Human?” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and
    Gay Studies 21, no. 2 (2015): Iv-207, p. 184.

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