Animation of the digital wall entry for ‘What Makes a Monster?’ by Kurosh ValaNejad
Anti-US “Liberators” poster from occupied Holland (1944)
From medical deformities to military enemies, the impulse to turn the
unknown and threatening into mythical monsters has endured for
centuries. What Makes a Monster?is
an exhibition threading through five libraries on the two campuses of
the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, examining through
art, literature, and other cultural objects who or what has been labeled
a beast. Full article here.
surrealist (on the right, with her friend the poet and artist Jindrich
Styrsky) was born 21 September 1902 in Prague. From an early age she had
adopted her ungendered surname and rejected conventional attitudes to
sexuality. After training at UMPRUM (the Academy of Art), she worked closely
with Styrsky until his death in 1942. They exhibited and travelled together: in
Paris the two of them founded an alternative to surrealism they called
'artificialism'. Toyen's work was often erotic in content; she contributed to
Styrsky's journal Erotika Revue (only 150 copies were printed). They eventually
founded the Czech Surrealist Group. During World War II they were forced
underground; Styrsky died of a heart condition. Toyen and second artistic partner
Jindrich Heisler fled to Paris. Toyen survived the war and remained in Paris,
where she died in 1980.
"...How might we respond to these objections then in ways that do not
completely dismiss the feelings of the students but that ask for
different relations to protest, to the reading of complex texts and to
the directing of anger about transphobic and homophobic texts onto queer
Here are a few thoughts: 1. We need to situate this film properly within the history of the representation of transgender characters.
At the time that Peirce made this film, most films featured transgender
people only as monsters, killers, sociopaths or isolated misfits." Full Article here.