OOF Books hosts the launch of Tyler Matthew Oyer's CALLING ALL DIVAS print edition. An installation in the bookstore is accompanied by a reading and screening event on Friday, August 10.
The poems are reflections on / conversations with queer, femme, HIV+ radical inspiring individuals. This edition is made up of poems for Kembra Pfahler, Ron Athey, James Baldwin, Paul Thek, Grace Jones + Keith Haring, Jack Smith, Charles Ludlam, and David Wojnarowicz. These works dance with themes of legacy, inheritance, fandom, idol worship, archiving and tenderness.
The screening encompasses works that broaden the methods of these imaginings across artistic practices that engage "impossible" queer dialogues. Perhaps an impossible dialogue is always already queer? The program includes work by Martin Jacob Nielsen, Harold Offeh, Conrad Ventur and more.
The print edition was produced in collaboration with Los Angeles Contemporary Archive and exhibited at Vermilion Sands in Copenhagen.
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