Canon is a yearly publication created by Visual and Critical Studies graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to showcase various essays linked around a specific theme. This is divided into two sections where students propose their own Canon issue followed by a question and answer.
For Canon, I produced a comic book intervention, appropriating the visual discourse of comic books from my personal collection that were published in the 70s and 80s and translated into Spanish for consumption in Latin America, to talk about my documentary work with Drag Kings and BDSM culture.
Through this reappropiation I aim to problematize one of the colonizing visual discourses that has been part of the asymmetrical cultural exchange between the United States and Latin America.
As an individual that stands amidst these two cultural spaces I explore the efforts to ostracize the LGBTQ and BDSM community in both cultures, which serve as a connecting thread for the formation of national identities in The Americas.