Drop by the Ruby on Friday at noon for a casual art talk and free lunch to learn about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more.
queerXscape reflects on the present from a queer collaborative perspective through a series of landscapes in mixed-media collage and video. The installation presents viewers with collaged landscape vistas and video that bring together queer camp with an environmental uncanny: familiar terrain interspersed with remnants of contemporary glass-walled urban architecture, unruly bodies, broken statuary, random trinkets, flowers, and food. The exhibit is a collaboration between two queer artists living between Durham, New York, and Istanbul and presents an aesthetic response to dominant modes of economic development that at once bridge these places and intensify their disparities in terms of urban and environmental life.
About the Speakers
Sinan Goknur is an artist and PhD Candidate in the Computational Media, Arts & Cultures Program at Duke. Sinan’s academic work investigates the return to the social in the arts after the 1980 military coup in Turkey. Prior to coming to Duke, Sinan was a member of the MAW, an artist collective in Minneapolis, MN seeking to activate public engagement with art and politics through impromptu outdoor performances and large-scale mixed media projections.
Max Symuleski is an artist, writer, and PhD Candidate in the Computational Media, Arts & Cultures Program at Duke. Their current academic work investigates the role of maintenance labor in post-WWII U.S. art and urbanism. Max holds an MA in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.