Eat My Body Like It's Holy: On Queerness, Colonialism, Race and Religion
A panel discussion with Matt Morris, manuel arturo abreu '14, and Bart Fitzgerald
Presented in conjunction with Matt Morris's exhibition A Magician, a Soldier, and Two Figures Watching a Burning Skull at Cherry & Lucic in Portland, this panel discussion addresses the intersections of queerness, race, and religion through the lenses of artistic practices and religious study. Three panelists will engage their artistic and research practices as a means to interweave the diasporic religious and racial histories of western colonialism with the contemporary realities of queer identity. Each of the panelists draws from a background in religious education as well as fine arts and academic practices, embodying an intersectional approach to identity theory and fine arts.
Matt Morris is a fine artist and lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who teaches in the sculpture as well as the painting and drawing departments. manuel arturo abreu is a trans artist, poet, and critic from the Bronx who received their BA in linguistics from Reed College in 2014. Bart Fitzgerald is a Portland native whose work interrogates the prophetic, justice work, and liberation theology and who makes work as a visual artist, writer, and curator of vibrant life for black folks throughout Portland and now New York City.
Monday, September 19, 2016 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm