Every year we collaborate with a local community space to bring writing and visual art together.
THE BATHROOM LINE (2018)
Historically, the bathroom has been more than a place for bathing and hygiene. It plays a critical role in queer history, public space and intimacy, blurring the public/private line and hosting deeply personal spiritual and sexual rituals. It’s where drag queens put on their eyelashes, lesbians hook up, and homeless queers wash their clothes, hidden from police and violence. Recently, these spaces have also been deeply politicized by the advent of new laws preventing trans people from accessing the most basic human needs.
THE BATHROOM LINE asks: How can we destabilize the dominant language in San Francisco’s public spaces and create more nuanced understandings of queer and trans people of color, without spectacle, voyeurism, or exploitation?
How can queer and trans people of color recognize themselves in San Francisco’s public spaces?
How can we push back against the growing homogenization of San Francisco, temporarily changing the city’s physical landscape and bringing queer intimacy into view?
THE BATHROOM LINE invites four local queer and trans artists of color into conversation, resulting in a series of visual and text pieces installed at SOMArts from November 30, 2018 to December 15, 2018.
Friday, November 30, 2018
SOMArts Cultural Center
Featuring art by:
▽ Kelly Lovemonster
▽ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto/ Faluda Islam
▽ Xandra Ibarra
▽ Marcela Pardo Ariza
With performances by:
▽ Carolina De Robertis
▽ Juba Kalamka
▽ Roberto F. Santiago
▽ Maryam Rostami