VOLUME is pleased to present from one side to the other, I’ve dreamed that too. An exhibition for telephone gallery 323 Projects.
Considering Eve Sedgwick’s brilliant essay Queer and Now as a model for thinking critically about the winter holidays, 17 artists have been invited to present work which addresses Christmastime as not necessarily a season for rejoicing, but as a defined period of struggle and resistance.
In her essay, Sedgwick makes a brilliant analysis of Christmas, and why it can be a particularly difficult time for queer folks to suffer through. To paraphrase, it is the one time in the year where nearly every institution in the US lines up in unison to reinforce the same definition of family, religion, and tradition; definitions that define queer subjects as “other.”
Some of the artists in this project have addressed the concept head on, others prefer a more oblique strategy. Some of the work doesn’t necessarily address Christmas, or queerness specifically, but may target other events and meanings associated with December and the New Year.
Modeled loosely after a suicide prevention line, from one side to the other, I’ve dreamed that too. offers callers a moment of solace, or tools for active resistance against the monolithic tide of conservative signification that defines this holiday season, in all forms.