QUEER GEOGRAPHIES | Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo

QUEER GEOGRAPHIES | Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo

Franconia Sculpture park presents Queer Geographies featuring work by Sebastian Duncan Portuondo, curated by Alpesh Kantilal Patel.

QUEER GEOGRAPHIES begins with a slideshow of photographs that Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo created in response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando, FL on June 12, 2016 – where the victims were primarily Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Latinos/as. The photographs feature DISCOmosaic rocks referencing gay clubs, images of the rubble at Pulse where clubgoers escaped the shooter through holes busted in the walls, and rocks that come from the land. Alpesh Kantilal Patel writes that “The title of his suite of photographs, They Left it to a Future Place (2016) suggests that mirror tiles are distributed across space and time. In these ways, Sebastian ensures that queerness and transness cannot be easily vanquished.” These DISCOmosaic rocks and photographs led to an ongoing body of work called Club EXILE which both holds space as a memorial to the victims at Pulse Nightclub and Club Q, while seeking coalition between peoples who experience diverse forms of exile.

QUEER GEOGRAPHIES pairs the 2016 photographs with a new group of DISCOmosaic rocks created by the public through collaborative workshops at Franconia Sculpture Park during this year’s Midsummer Pride Party and in subsequent workshops during LGBTQ Pride Month. June also coincides with the 8 year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy. These rocks will be installed at Franconia Sculpture Park as an ongoing artwork in memory of the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy after this exhibition closes.

Join us on Sunday, July 7th from 10am-2pm (during the Franconia Art & Farmers Market) for an opening reception for QUEER GEOGRAPHIES, with remarks from the artist and Franconia’s Executive Director Alex Legeros at 1pm.

About the Artist and Curator:

Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo is a queer, Cuban-American artist from Miami, FL who specializes in mosaics and stained glass. He has exhibited artwork and created public projects in South Florida, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Latin America. He holds a BA in Studio Art and Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College, a BFA in Painting and Art History from New World School of the Arts, and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Alpesh Kantilal Patel is associate professor of contemporary art at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia. His art historical scholarship, curating, and criticism reflect his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. He is the author of Productive Failure: Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories (2017) and is currently working on his monograph Multiple and One: Writing Queer Global Art Histories, under contract with Manchester University Press. 

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