Experiments with identity in queer cinema. Cover Image

Eksperymenty z tożsamością w kinie queer.
Experiments with identity in queer cinema.

Author(s): Małgorzata Radkiewicz
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: queer cinema

Summary/Abstract: queer cinema is an area of negotiations dealing with the ways of representing non-normative sexual and gender identities using experiments with narration and forms of film expression. The analysis of selected films shows what characterizes the attitudes of individual artists towards the category of queer and how they translate this into the narrative and stylistic solutions. The poetics of the New queer Cinema, referred to as “Homo-Pomo”, which contains both the notions of homosexuality and postmodernism, is only one possible solution of many. Its variants are visible in the work of Derek Jarman, who is considered to be the main representative of this trend, but who – as a “queer artist” – cannot be bound within a single creative mode. For Isaac Julien it was important to include the issue of queer into the debate dealing with ethnicity and multiculturalism, which would allow for multi-faceted representation and interpretation of the phenomenon of the “black queer”. Another approach to queerness is through the question of being transgender, which theme appears in Kimberly Peirce’s story of Brandon Teena and his/her gender incarnations. All of the films analysed present a critical perspective that helps to create queer representations that are alternative to normative standards (and images) of the identity.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 82
  • Page Range: 44-54
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish