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“Forrest Bess and the Idea of Queer Camouflage”

Thursday, Aug 27, 2020, 7 pm – 8 pm

Lecture by Mark W. Turner, PhD (Professor, King’s College, London) – in English

Mark W. Turner examines the art, writings and life of Forrest Bess in light of the aspect of veiling. In many ways, Bess’ works and thinking are based on a notion of revelation – the uncovering of hidden meanings or the making visible of the invisible. His images force us to ask the following questions: What are we looking at and what do we see?

Against this backdrop, in his lecture Turner develops a specific thesis on Bess’ work: By dealing with the paintings, letters and life situations, he demonstrates in the artist’s works the strategy of hiding in plain sight, i.e. in public, for which he coined the term “queer camouflage”.

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