Criminal Queers Screening At Ucsd

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Film screening and q and a with the directors, Chris E. Vargas and Eric A. Stanley

Free and open to the public

SME room 149, Visual Arts Presentation Lab, UCSD

Criminal Queers visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined.

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist based in Bellingham, WA, whose thematic interests include queer radicalism, transgender hirstory, and imperfect role models. Vargas is also the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, an arts & hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape.

Eric A. Stanley is a President’s Postdoctoral fellow in the departments of Communication and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers(2013). A coeditor of the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) Eric’s other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, TSQ, and Women and Performance.

Sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Critical Gender Studies, Catalyst Lab, LGBT Resource Center, Students Against Mass Incarceration, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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