Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond is a participatory project and exhibition by artist and organizer Aaron McIntosh. In this ongoing project, McIntosh and participants create quilted queer kudzu vines of fabric and wire. Each leaf is adorned with stories of LGBTQ+ contributors and archive documents that celebrate and illuminate Southern queer culture. Using the invasive kudzu vine as an agile metaphor, the project disrupts dominant Southern conservatism and activates the vine—often perceived as monstrous—as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity.
McIntosh will host a picnic series, open to the public, amongst the vine-covered ruins of the felled Jefferson Davis memorial column. These picnics will take place on weekends throughout the duration of the exhibition and will feature Queer Quilting Bees, where the kudzu story leaves will be quilted by queer people and their allies, as well as lectures and demonstrations by various speakers, community organizers, and kudzu enthusiasts. In this capacity Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond is also a platform for shared, yet diverse queer communities across the South to come together and strengthen their networks. By sharing their stories and building vibrant community, they invade and overcome the homophobic institutions that otherwise obscure such rich histories.
319 W Broad St, Richmond, Va, 23220