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Portrait: June Canedo for ARTnews; Styling: Tess Herbert

Portrait: June Canedo for ARTnews; Styling: Tess Herbert


Guest Lecture

April 6, 2023
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PDT
SME 149, Structural & Materials Engineering Building, UC San Diego

Please RSVP here

Tourmaline is an activist, filmmaker, and writer. Her work highlights the capacity of Black queer and trans people and communities to make and transform worlds. In her films, Tourmaline creates dreamlike portraits of people whose stories tell the history of New York City, including gay and trans liberation activists, drag queens, and queer icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera (Happy Birthday Marsha, co-directed with Sasha Wortzel, 2018), Miss Major (The Personal Things, 2016), and Egyptt LaBeija (Atlantic is a Sea of Bones, 2017). Tending to the histories and haunts of disabled, poor, Black, queer, and trans life that echo and vibrate beneath neighborhoods and cultural landmarks, Tourmaline’s films undulate between narrative and non-narrative and illuminate the mundane acts that form the fabric of historical events and mutually supportive communities.

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Co-sponsored by the Black Studies Project.


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