val smith: queer walk nap | A reflection by Alys Longley

Image 2 queer walk nap drawing by Alys Longley Feb 2020 Photo val smith

Credit: queer walk nap drawing by Alys Longley, 15 February 2020. Photo: val smith.

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val smith: queer walk nap | A reflection by Alys Longley


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This essay is a poetic response to the performance project queer walk-nap by val smith, which happened over sunset, midday, dawn, sunset and midnight between 15 February 2020 and 16 February 2020, traveling across west Auckland from Te Wai Orea, Western Springs to Lopdell House, Titirangi.

As part of both the About walking series and Auckland Pride Festival, this walking project incorporated queer time-passing, microterritories, eels and otherworlds within other worlds, as described by essayist Longley. The essay, accompanied by the very few photos that were taken, along with responsive drawings, offers an alternative to more conventional approaches to documentation of performance, offering a slow embodied response to the artist’s practice.

Essay and drawings by: Alys Longley

Photos by: Christina Houghton, Ivan Mršic

Created with: Lusi Faiva, presented in partnership with Auckland Pride Festival.

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