North American field guide: Kenneth Pietrobono's queer landscape of US Empire

Josh Takano Chambers-Letson*, Kenneth Pietrobono

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Abstract

North American field guide: Kenneth Pietrobono's queer landscape of US Empire offers a meditation on the photographic and exhibition strategies of Queens-based artist Kenneth Pietrobono. Chambers-Letson argues that Pietrobono builds a critique of the imperial and exclusionary practices of the US state by appropriating and (re)deploying the state's appurtenances of power, resignifying the landscape on which US nationalism is constructed and over which US power is exercised. As a point of critical entry, Pietrobono builds upon feminist and queer representational strategies, refusing direct figuration of the body while emphasizing the body of the spectator in the art encounter. Inviting the spectator to project a range of bodies into the landscapes that Pietrobono offers up, the artist asks the spectator to make connections between embodied experiences of race, gender, and sexual difference and the exercise and expansion of US Empire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-32
Number of pages20
JournalWomen and Performance
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • American studies
  • Kenneth Pietrobono
  • photography
  • queer theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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