Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Intersex Files (Gender Fusions workshop!)

The LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community invites you...

to a mind-opening, eyebrow-raising, experience-stretching presentation by Gender Fusions Headliner, Del LaGrace Volcano, a transgressive gender variant visual artist hailing from London & Stockholm!

An Idiot’s Guide to Resisting Normalcy with a Smile
With visceral pleasure, Gender Fusions Headliner Del LaGrace Volcano presents herms, merms and other genderqueer terms which are sometimes confounding, but as Zippy the Pinhead said, "Confusion is a small price to pay for social progress". Join Del LaGrace Volcano in a slideshow presentation about the intersex community, followed by an interactive gender discussion & workshop.

Volcano’s photographic books include: Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities: Exploding Queer Femininities, The Drag King Book, Sublime Mutations, Sex Works: 1978-2005 & more. To learn more about his projects and artistic work, visit his website at

Friday, April 17, 2009
2:00 - 4:00PM
Hokin Lecture Hall
623 S. Wabash
Free & open to the public

Questions? Email or call 312.369.8594

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago

In case you want to read on, a bit more about Del LaGrace Volcano...
As a gender variant visual artist I access 'technologies of gender' in order to amplify rather than erase the hermaphroditic traces of my body. I name myself. A gender abolitionist. A part time gender terrorist. An intentional mutation and intersex by design, (as opposed to diagnosis), in order to distinguish my journey from the thousands of intersex individuals who have had their 'ambiguous' bodies mutilated and disfigured in a misguided attempt at 'normalization'. I believe in crossing the line as many times as it takes to build a bridge we can all walk across.

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