May 21, 2021 | Art
On the occasion of Pride Month, Saatchi Art is honored to present a selection of works that suggest liberation, empowerment, and the potential for queer futures—even utopia.
The late theorist José Esteban Muñoz proposed the notion of a queer utopia, claiming, “Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.” Rather than assimilate to the status quo, we might aspire to a better world while critiquing the present.
Many of these works are figurative, which doesn’t come as a surprise in 2021 when the body is a locus of political debate, and at times a literal battleground subject to violence and censorship. For these artists, making art about the body can be an act of reclaiming oneself, exploring one’s potential, and championing marginalized communities. The works in this collection revel in pleasure, reckon with pain, and together propose a radical vision for an empowered, loving, and liberated future.
Curated by Bethany Fincher, Assistant Curator at Saatchi Art, for The William Vale Lobby Art program. Visit the lobby to view the collection.
View the collection here.
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