In conjunction with the photography exhibition QUEEN OF HEARTS and in the general spirit of Getting Shit Done before the year ends, Quito Ziegler (recently proclaimed hermit artist of the year by SF’s Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art) will miraculously complete a zine they’ve been writing for over a year and read selections from it, along with other stories from the Queen of Hearts.
In early 2011 Q.Z. came out as trans, experienced trauma, abruptly stopped taking pictures, became a hermit and hit the road in an unmarked white van called the Pony, taking occasional breaks to organize large-scale queer art happenings with an amazing cast of characters. Beyond these pretty pops of public glamour, their time was mostly spent wandering off in an anti-social haze, generally going through it.
THROUGH is the story-behind-the-story of these past three years, an attempt to articulate their complicated evolution from person to tranimal and the lessons they learned in the process. What begins as an individual story of crisis and resilience evolves into a series of reflections on queer interdependence, structural transphobia, physical transition, and DIY recovery strategies.The writings emerged during travels through dark corners of Brooklyn and Berlin and the sunny meadows of Vermont, with a stint at the fancy MacDowell Colony in winter.
Reading at 7 PM.
A limited-edition zine of this story will be available for sale at the event.
This event is in support of QUEEN OF HEARTS, a photography exhibition at the Bureau.
Darkly glam and quietly intense, The Queen of Hearts, Quito’s upcoming book of photography and writings, is set in the nightclubs and fire escapes of Brooklyn before dawn.
The images were shot over one year, 2010/11, as a collection of queer artists and performers coalesced in the dark – contributing to the cultural explosion we are living through now. Relying on the moon and the disco ball for light, the images are grainy and seductive, dreamy and tender. B&W prints were subsequently hand-painted, hand-sewn, and are presented in hand-made frames.
Images will be on view at the Bureau from December 9 – 31.
after-party : punk/queercore/goth/