This is a multi-disciplinary project of photographs, sculptures, performances, and conversations centered around queer and feminist space. Parts of it have been featured at Women & their Work Gallery (Austin), Leslie-Lohman Museum and Baxter Street Camera Club (New York City), Yale University (New Haven), Brooklyn Museum and BRIC (Brooklyn). Images from the series have also been published in Capricious, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, No More Potlucks, and Art Papers.
This series draws its title from Lesbian Land, a collection of writings by lesbians who founded or lived in lesbian intentional communities, sometimes called "womyn's lands," in the 1970s and 1980s.
This project considers how individuals have historically worked to create non-traditional living spaces (through intentional communities, collectives, land trusts, and other methods of pooling resources to buy land or buildings) that exist, at least ideally, outside of a market economy. At a time when conversations about gentrification, real estate development, and sustainable communities are omnipresent, this set of images and conversations asks us to look at the past to imagine a different future.
The project combines documentary photography and staged re-performances of images from 1970s-80s lesbian feminist zines with a rural bent, such as Country Women, Lesbian Connection, Sinister Wisdom, Womanspirit, and other publications. Some of the photographs were taken on womyn's lands that are still in existence. You can watch me talk about this project at the Brooklyn Museum and Leslie-Lohman Museum.