Betsy Johnson (1993; Orlando, FL) is a maker of texts, performances, videos, and objects. They are a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


The pleasures and agonies of existing as and creating a queer body slide over, through, towards, and away from each other. Betsy's practice is most often driven by the frictions and tensions of queer embodiedness. Recent work responds to the sensations of certain doom circulating within the progressive Left. Proposing speculative world-making, listening, poetry-writing, and empathy as urgent political strategies, this work poses questions about the validity of optimism and hope as forms of resistance. Betsy is currently developing a treatise on elision.



CURRENTLY READING


CRUISING UTOPIA: THE THEN AND THERE OF QUEER FUTURITY, Muñoz


THE AGONY OF POWER, Baudrillard


THE UPRISING: ON POETRY AND FINANCE, Franco "Bifo" Berardi


"Close Encounters of a Critical Kind: A Diffractive Musing In/Between New Material Feminism and Object-Oriented Ontology," Carol A. Taylor


CONTACT

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