More from Archie Barry
How have queer bodies been portrayed, celebrated and denigrated in media history?
Choking in one context is consensual pleasure, and in another is physical abuse. This work is a mash-up of historically potent queer imagery – original footage of the Stonewall riots; the fantasy of pornographic lesbian sex; recent homophobic attacks in Russia and androgynous icon Grace Jones. These moments of rebellion, violence, fantasy and pride have been literally embodied, a reminder that queer life is the result of queer histories. Spanking is fraught with meanings: pleasure, pain and shame. These are experiences associated with queerness.