Exhibition: Luis Carle’s “The Magic of Everyday Life”

“The Magic of Everyday Life: Luis Carle’s Queer Translocal Photography”—curated by Arnaldo M. Cruz-Malavé, with the Assistance of Gregory R. de Silva—is presently on view at the Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery (Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University) through April 7, 2022.

This exhibition presents the work of New York Puerto Rican photographer Luis Carle.  In his over 30-year career, Carle has dedicated himself to documenting the ways queer/Puerto Rican diasporic subjects recreate themselves and their surroundings in everyday life through extravagant gestures and performances that both transform them and their relationship to space. Following on Puerto Rican critic and performer Lawrence LaFountain-Stokes’s theories about drag and trans performance, we call this ability to transform self and space through gestures and performances translocality. Taken as a whole, the exhibition narrates the arc of Carle’s artistic vision from his exploration of queer nightlife as a response to the devastation of AIDS to his affirmation of migration, mutability and translocality as creatively performative responses to loss in everyday life.  It spans from the materiality of the nightlife party to the evanescence of the artist’s craft as a hopeful, continually mutating art that is often caught, as it were, in the middle of a storm and always in transition or in flight.  

Curators: Arnaldo M. Cruz-Malavé with the Assistance of Gregory R. de Silva

Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery
Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10:30am-12:00pm

For more information, see https://sasn.rutgers.edu/news-events/events/magic-everyday-life-luis-carles-queer-translocal-photography and https://luiscarle.com/

[Shown above: Detail from “Blood Cells” (1995, mobile).]

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