Drawing from our independent disciplines of queer theory and photography, this paper examines the creative and curatorial practices, and the theoretical frameworks that structure them, in relation to ‘Queer Constellations: Artistic Trespass and Rural Gay Histories’, an art exhibition that took place at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) between July and September 2021. As the exhibition featured within a museum whose focus is grounded in the practices and culture of agricultural life, our paper explores queerness as an affective form of ‘dis-orien-tation’ within such spaces, asking the question: is there queerness in rural life? This is then reflected upon through Epha’s practice, exploring how photographs can function as a form of blending of worlds.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Feb 2023|