Queer Time May Be the Only Time We’ve Got

Carlos Motta in collaboration with Tavia Nyong'o and other artists

Queer Time May Be the Only Time We’ve Got, 2020

Special Project

A collaboration convened by Carlos Motta with writer Tavia Nyong’o and four other artists and thinkers – inspired by the form of the Exquisite corpse – to reflect on time from queer, trans and decolonial perspectives.
 
Queer Time May Be the Only Time We’ve Got reflects on time from queer, trans and decolonial perspectives. Inspired by the form of the Exquisite corpse, this unfolding collaboration will become an international, intergenerational and intersectional artwork where six queer artists and thinkers of different generations and cultural backgrounds will collectively respond to Time as a concept, a category, a word, an experience, etc – beginning with Tavia Nyong’o’s text Queer Temporality, or, Trying to Explain Time to a Seagull (from which the project’s title is borrowed).

Taking a line in Nyong’o’s text as its starting point – “Queer time may be the only time we’ve got” – and framing the desire to engage non-linear and multi-layered understandings of time, this exquisite corpse proposes a multi-perspectival relationship to time through the myriad of queer and trans experiences of space, geography, age, race, sex and gender, etc.

Each contribution, and its author, will be announced and presented once a month on this page for the next four months.

Courtesy of the Artist, Original music by Alejandra Tokatlián

Commissioned by YBAF for Yerevan Biennial 2020/2021