We Hold Your Gaze, 2021
Screen print on cotton muslin fabric
84” x 24”
Not for sale
*Thanks to Dutes Miller & Stan Stellabarger for printing the banners
Chantal Nadeau is French-Québécoise and lives in Chicago. She is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarship and teaching centers on of sex, power, politics, queer studies, cinema and legal cultures. She is the author of two monographs: Fur Nation: From The Beaver to Brigitte Bardot (Routledge 2001), and Queer Courage (Fordham University Press, 2022). Her work in French and in English has appeared in numerous edited collections and journals in the U.S., Canada, France, and the U.K. Recently, Nadeau has used non-creative fiction to convey her critique of violence, trauma and sexuality. Les trouées [Full of Holes] is her first publication with Hamac (2020) and she is currently working on her second raw slam poetry book Corps (Me)Tal.
About Like Queer Animals: We Hold Your Gaze
The collaborative team known as Like Queer Animals (LQA), composed of artist Jessie Mott and writer and queer scholar Chantal Nadeau, presents the exhibition We Hold Your Gaze. Mott and Nadeau’s multidisciplinary practice mobilizes various forms of writing, visual art and performance, revealing an abiding interest in researching and reshaping material and cultural creature morphologies. Their gender and species-bending creatures desire to claim public spaces where non-conforming bodies have been historically excluded. The creatures, with their multiple sets of eyes, colorful hybrid bodies, and wild emotional scale, provide alternative ways to occupy and feel within public spaces.
LQA’s approach activates a queer archive of emotions in an effort to “collect feelings, store them, or save them” as a means to live and survive. Too often contained privately, these feelings find embodiment in their creatures.