In the early 20th century, anarchy was a harbor for free minded people, including anarcho-feminists like Emma Goldman who defended homosexuality, and LGBTQ anarchists like Adolf Brand who outed closeted politicians fervently against homosexuality, Daniel Guérin a queer anacho communist, and Lucía Sánchez Saornil a lesbian anarcho feminist who fought for women’s rights. Queer anarchy played a huge role in the development of Queer theory by rejecting patriarchal state structures. Even Pride Month i.e. Gay Wrath Month, celebrates the Stonewall Riot. Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman is attributed with throwing the first brick at Stonewall which began the huge anti-authoritarian step in the civil rights movement. For transgender and non-binary youth, in particular, the grind of capitalism prevents them from getting the gender affirmative healthcare they need, and the whole political process is disheartening. Keep in mind that a 2021 survey by the Trevor Project found that 38% (Age 13-24) are transgender and/or nonbinary.
Their spark is bright. Declaring their names, their pronouns, and their human rights loud and proud. They’re redefining what it means to live their authentic, brilliant truth and incinerate what no longer serves them. They are their own fire!
-How this piece was made-
I knew it was only fitting to use a volital medium for Art and Anarchy. As a fire dancer I’m at home with fire as a form of creation and destruction. I knew this piece was all about illumination, fire, smoke and soot. I first painted my model; a non- binary child who volunteered for the project, using loose brown and black pastel pigment and a sponge attached to a palette knife. I then experimented with all sorts of fuel options to find the dirtiest, sootiest fuel I could play with. Burning diesel on a kevlar torch, I captured this beautiful dark blackish-brown smoke by twisting and turning the poster paper over the dancing flame. Half way through the bottom left corner caught fire, and I found it chaotically poetic as “Paint it Black“ by Hidden Citizens was blaring on the speaker. Then, using a sharpened eraser, I picked out the soot to create highlights and dimension. Finally I then fixed everything with a sealer in a dry, dehumidified room.