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Northwest / Art: Rowan Renee: ‘No Honor No Heart’
February 14 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Rowan Renee is a genderqueer artist currently working between Brooklyn and Ann Arbor, Mich. Their career began as a street artist in 2006 when they joined The Miss Rockaway Armada, a collaborative flotilla of junk rafts founded by the artist SWOON.They have travelled 10,000 miles across the United States taking tintype portraits of people living off the grid, worked to rebuild a Sandy-flooded bungalow in the Rockaways as a live-work artist space and founded a small photography business called Brooklyn Tintype.
In 2018 they were named an Elsie Choy Lee Scholar by the University of Michigan.
Their statement: “I use photography to interrogate how sexual bodies are gendered, victimized, policed and punished. Through photographic, printmaking and sculptural techniques, I produce and appropriate images that intervene on issues of authorship, the representation of queer and feminine bodies within the art-historical canon, and the intersection of homophobia and misogyny in sex law and copyright law. Abjection, as a queer concept and aesthetic framework, informs my manipulation of images. Through jouissance, the hard-won pleasure found in the labor of making, I see a means to construct transformative meaning from experiences of violence, persecution and erasure that threaten queer and feminine subjects.”