Dressing the Body: Performance, Play, & Queerness, a Photo Essay

*This post is part of our New Black Surrealisms series organized by Tiffany E. Barber and Jerome Dent and features the work of artist Temar France.

Temar France (b. 1986) is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural studies scholar based in Queens, New York. Her photographs, videos, literary and audio works focus on enactments of identity, waywardness and eroticism to trouble the visual fields that inform dominant ideas of race and gender. Through thoughtful compositions of Black bodies in relation and in space, she reclaims and archives performances of power and pleasure within a Black erotic frame to imagine Black life as an aesthetic of quiet and queer everyday delight. For more of Temar’s work, visit temarfrance.com. Follow her on Twitter @TemarFrance.


MCM, (Temar France, 2018)
Safety, (Temar France, 2018)
Babyface Card, (Temar France, 2018)
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Temar France

Temar France (b. 1986) is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural studies scholar based in Queens, New York. Her photographs, videos, literary and audio works focus on enactments of identity, waywardness and eroticism to trouble the visual fields that inform dominant ideas of race and gender. Through thoughtful compositions of Black bodies in relation and in space, she reclaims and archives performances of power and pleasure within a black erotic frame to imagine black life as an aesthetic of quiet and queer everyday delight. For more of Temar’s work, visit temarfrance.com. Follow her Twitter @TemarFrance.

Comments on “Dressing the Body: Performance, Play, & Queerness, a Photo Essay

  • “Some people underestimate how erotic it is to be understood.”

    — Mary Rakow

    Your work made me think of this quote I just read on Ilya Kaminsky’s twitter flow.

    Reply

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