John Waiblinger

All the Creative Potentialities within “The Mask”

“Certainly “The Mask” is a very familiar and intimate concept for any Queer boy or man negotiating the terrain of the heteronormative, homophobic  world into which we are thrust. This use of “The Mask” as a tool to pass as normative, in a world that threatens us with social disapproval and even physical violence, becomes a mechanism for survival. Yet this seemingly repressive act of hiding of the self, also contains the germs of great creativity – after all building this mask for one who finds himself outside the tropes of standard masculinity and heterosexual desire requires a significant amount of creative performance. Continue reading

Between ‘Being’ And ‘Object’

Conscientious Extended | A Conversation with CPC 2012 Winner Lisa Fairstein

“Also, photographic representation, especially as fabricated in my images, renders the subjects and objects as existing in a similar and precarious existential space – somewhere between being and object – and I wanted to emphasize this as a way of calling attention to questions about their existence as well.”

“And the sense of constructed space in the images, along with the physical edges of the photograph itself, exaggerate this further. This claustrophobic feeling makes me question what I am looking at and how it makes me feel, and, in that, it might lead to a consideration of the images and subjects in terms of what is “real”, or not.”

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