Enciclopedia Deiknumena: Brief and spectacular books by Dave Buchen


Just saw a photo of three curious books available at La Tertulia Bookstore (San Juan, Puerto Rico): Una breve y espectacular historia del circo [A Brief and Spectacular History of the Circus] and Una breve y exuberante historia del carnaval [A Brief and Exuberant History of Carnival] by David Buchen, and Un breve y transformador relato de la historia queer [A Brief and Transformative Account of Queer History] written by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes and illustrated by David Buchen.

These books are part of the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based artist Dave Buchen’s project Enciclopedia Deiknumena, a bilingual toy theater encyclopedia. The books include cut-out paper figures to illustrate a particular historical moment or cultural practice. The project entails a 50-volume encyclopedia illustrated by Buchen and written by a variety of writers and artists.

DAVE BUCHEN has written and illustrated numerous books including Why is a Tiger a Tiger? A Bestiary of Etymology. He is a member of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck with whom he has written several plays. He is the illustrator for its Baudelaire in a Box series, a seven-year-long project to make cantastoria from the poems of Les Fleurs du mal. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he performs with El Teatro Bárbaro and La Banda Municipal de Makula Barun.

LAWRENCE LA FOUNTAIN-STOKES is associate professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he received his A.B. from Harvard (1991) and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University (1999). He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009), Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (2009), and Abolición del pato (2013). He co-edited an issue of CENTRO Journal on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities (Spring 2007) and is currently working on a book on transgender and drag performance titled Translocas: Trans Diasporic Puerto Rican Drag. He performs as Lola von Miramar since 2010 and is a featured artist in the Feast of Fun YouTube series Cooking with Drag Queens.

For more information on the series, see https://enciclopediadeiknumena.wordpress.com/

See the artist explaining how to put together his circus at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RoNPeJiZNM


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