Best Revenge 2012

The milestones spread across the landscape of the LGBTQ rights movement are undoubtedly worthy of acknowledgement.  There is merit to the embrace of the agitation and evolution stirred by the Compton Cafeteria and Stonewall riots, ActUP, and Queer Nation, just as the repeal of DADT and the shifts in policy and public opinion of DOMA are noteworthy marks of progress.  However, recording queer liberation by our ability to confirm and be accepted by the dominant society ignores the fact that many of us are too queer, too perverted, too much, too poor, too brown, or too loud to “pass.”  What must we surrender if we’re expected to measure our achievements by how well we fit into a straight, capitalist, racist, classist society?  Best Revenge explores radical queer existence/resistance with a multi-venue spectacular of installation, film, performance, and workshops at alternative art spaces, street corners, fire escapes, and secret hideaways.

Opening June 3 at 3pm, starting at the (de)Appropriation wall on Valencia St between 23rd and 24th Streets. We will kick off the event and distribute maps/literature at the wall, then take to the streets to the other venues, with surprise streetside performances and activity along the way. For up-to-date information and a calendar of workshops, film screenings, and discussions throughout the month see bestrevenge2012.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/bestrevenge2012

CURATORS:

Lex Non Scripta is a cut-paper artist, poster maker, illustrator, activist, curator, and organizer. Often portrayed with a dash of irony and a smattering of sarcasm, Lex’s creative focus is heavily informed by social justice/practice/responsibility, transgressive politics, and self sufficiency in/critical investigation of the queer diaspora. Lex is co-founder of Aorta Magazine: for/by/about women and queers in the arts, former at Million Fishes Arts Collective, fellow in the Emerging Arts Professionals SF fellowship program, and proprietor of Argot Printshop, with prints that benefit radical, social justice, and community oriented projects and organizations. www.lexnonscripta.com

Caitlin Rose Sweet is conceptual craftswoman who believes in public art, queer magic, and making art out of trash. Her work explores the ways in which the lesbian body and desire destabilize essentialist notions of femininity and womanhood. Caitlin Rose is rather obsessed with the transformative nature of private space and the collective process. She has been curating shows in the Bay Area to create more space for radical queer art. She has worked with the NQAF to produce the Deep Lez Potluck and Performance Night and Dirt Star Take Root. caitlinrosesweet.tumblr.com

Best Revenge features these artists/storytellers/magic makers (and more):

Malic Amalya

Micah Bazant

Sarah (sass) Biscarra-Dilley

Craig Calderwood

Rocket Caleshu

carmen

Finley Coyl

Leah DeVun

Ariel Durrant

Larisa Escobedo

Fat Transfer

Jaye Lee Fishel

Johnny Forever

Claire Forsyth

Jason Fritz

Elitrea Frye

Naomi Rincon Gallardo

Max Garnet

Joolie Geldner

Ariel Goldberg

Nicki Green

Rik Haber

Nina Höchtl

LOVEWARZ!

Marilyn McNeal

Gabby Miller

Lex Non Scripta

Adee Roberson

Coral Short

Julz Simpson

Caitlin Sweet

Safak Sule

Dorothy Wang

Max Yuristy