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Queer Genius

A cutting edge look at the lives of five artists whose work has been instrumental in creating a bold queer aesthetic.

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Dir-Scr Chet Pancake
Prod Miriam Stewart, Chet Pancake
USA
2019
115min
Sales Chet Pancake

Queer Genius follows the lives of five artists: Eileen Myles, the late Barbara Hammer, Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag) and Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa / Moor Mother (Black Quantum Futurism). With an unspoken but deliberate move away from the notion of genius as a male domain, these outspoken, forthright women present precious insights into what it means to be an artist. Moreover, the social and cultural impact of their work is carefully unpacked – from the bravery of Myles and Hammer, who forged a distinct lesbian aesthetic in the 1970s to younger artists Cameron, a physical theatre-maker and comedian, and Black Quantum Futurism. The film stays true to its foundational principle, expressed by Gertrude Stein: ‘That is what genius is to be the same time listening and telling really listening and really telling’.

Jay Bernard

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