The QUEER HOME project began with one question - “What is queer domesticity?”
VAE Raleigh, in partnership with the LGBT Center of Raleigh, is exploring how our local queer community defines “home” for themselves.
The Queer Home project uses the framework of the 1972 project Womanhouse, which examined the traditional American home, removed items unnecessary in a home intended only for females, and then rebuilt the house, room-by-room to match their definition of female domesticity. Womanhouse is not without its flaws. The project did not include the perspectives of any women of color or trans women.
Queer Home uses a similar framework, shifts the focus to defining “queer domesticity”, and diversifies the perspectives included in that definition.
This definition is the product of multiple conversation taking place inside four groups that meet regularly at the LGBT Center: Transgender Initiative, Youth Leadership Team, Black Lesbian Literary Collective, and SAGE Raleigh. The physical manifestation of these conversations will be a four-room, 700sqft house built in the middle of VAE’s main gallery. Each group will use their unique definition of “queer domesticity” to build out one room of the house, transforming it into a queer home.
Guest curator Erica Cardwell has selected artists Alexandria Smith, Lisette Oblitas-Cruz, and Chitra Ganesh to exhibit works in the rooms of the queer home. Each artist’s work brings their own queer identity and personal understanding of queer domesticity into the environment.
Throughout the run of this project, programmingwill foster intra-community conversations about domesticity and diversity, while public events welcome everyone in a celebration of all things queer.