2012 exhibition catalogue with critical texts.
Detailed critical analysis of the work of Jack Smith from the early 1960s until his AIDS-related death in 1989.
Presents photographically based artworks – portraits, self-portraits, and photomontages in which the gender of the subjects is highlighted through performance for the camera as well as through technical manipulation of the image.
Engaging a series of critical models, this article examines the place of the ‘exotic’ in thinking about sexual and racial difference, as a means of thinking difficult or volatile modes of cultural practice. As such, it stages a confrontation between ‘exotic ritual’ and ‘apocalyptic tone’, to challenge conventions about scholarly practice and find new ways of examining uncomfortable spaces and modes of working.