Join us for the official book launch of ICP Library initiative Queering the Collection—a presentation and a conversation featuring ICP Librarian and Archivist Emily Dunne, Be Oakley, Patricia Silva, and Christopher Clary, key contributors to the project. The evening will also feature writer and publisher Paul Soulellis, who provided the introduction of the publication.

Throughout 2018, the ICP Library collectively produced more than six in-house library installations and events considering representation in libraries at large. The success of this initiative resulted in an increase of the ICP Library’s holdings of queer, gender non-binary imagemakers, and artists of color.

To celebrate the enriching dynamics of Queering the Collection and further bridge the gap between representation and collecting, the ICP Library collaborated with Be Oakley of GenderFail, along with Christopher Clary, Patricia Silva, and many other participating artists, curators, and bookmakers, to highlight these projects in a publication scheduled for release in March 2019.

The Queering the Collection publication features an introduction by Paul Soulellis, founder of Library of the Printed Web, along with interviews with participating artists and imagemakers, photographs, and in-depth accounts of the events. Queering the Collection is designed and printed by GenderFail.

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Dismantling the Gaze: Looking, Power, and Visual Culture

These programs connect looking, power, and visual culture vis-a-vis the #MeToo moment. The series addresses topics such as institutional responsibility, the film industry–as–flashpoint for lens-based media and gender relations, the role of journalism and viral media in the #MeToo moment, visual literacy and theory in regards to looking and power, gender, and more. Dismantling the Gaze explores these concepts with contemporary artists, visual journalists, academics, and cultural critics.


Christopher Clary is an artist and curator based in New Jersey. His work is interdisciplinary and serial yet the raw material is always his personal pornography. His porn-novella-zip-file, a Rhizome commission, was honored by Hyperallergic and acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and MoMA. He's performed and exhibited in the US and Europe at fairs, conferences, galleries, and museums, including the Palais de Tokyo, International Center of Photography, and the Rencontres d'Arles for their Discovery Award. His curatorial practice cares for artists and writers of the undercommons. Projects include several events and exhibitions for ICP and an online pavilion for The Wrong digital art biennial that received press from Artslant.

Emily Peterson Dunne is an archivist and librarian at the International Center of Photography, where she documents artist books and historic papers. Her personal art practice investigates the importance or re-contextualizing of archival materials.

Be Oakley is a writer, facilitator, and publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. Oakley's projects look to what Fred Moten calls “the politics of the mess” by framing their identity as a white non-binary queer person in its intersections with failure and internationality. In 2015, they started GenderFail, a publishing and programming initiative that seeks to encourage projects that foster an intersectional queer subjectivity. Their work has been shown in programs and exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (NYC), the International Center of Photography (NYC), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), EFA Project Space (NYC), Wendy’s Subway (Brooklyn), and Sediment Arts (Richmond). Their publications can be found at Printed Matter (NYC), Artbook @ MoMA PS1 (NYC), the ICA Shop (Richmond), Ulises Books (Philly), Qumby's Books (Chicago), Lugemik (Estonia), and many other places.

Patricia Silva is an internationally exhibited lens–based visual artist living and working in New York City. Their photographs have been most notably exhibited in the Berlin Biennale, and recently published in Der Grief's 10th Anniversary issue. Their photobooks have been exhibited in group shows at Benaki Museum, Greece; Phoenix Museum of Art, USA; Ateliê da Imagem, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silva is the creator of Larker anthology, a publishing project celebrating the visual heritage of the resilient communities in and around the bi+ spectrum, and they recently organized Vivid Glances, a screening series on this mode of queerness, for New York City Feminist Film Week at Anthology Film Archives.

Paul Soulellis is an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture. In late 2018, Soulellis launched QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK, an urgent act of publishing that’s radical, messy, and future-looking. The first issue featured contributions from 14 artists and writers, including Allison Parrish, Nora N. Khan, American Artist, and Unity Press. He began the second issue while in residence at the Internet Archive in January 2019. Soulellis is also the founder of Library of the Printed Web, a physical archive devoted to web-to-print artists’ books, zines, and other printout matter. He is faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and a contributing editor at Rhizome, where he curates The Download.

Image: Courtesy of ICP Library/Kayoko Nakamura