Archives Activism: An Army of Lovers
“An Army of Lovers is an international art project that rebroadcasts protest slogans, manifestos, and photographs from LGBTQ+ liberation movements of the 20th century. Drawing from LGBTQ+ archives within the US and beyond, we reactivate historical texts and images, putting them back into circulation. The project advocates for equality and the preservation of LGBTQ+ culture, in the face of injustice and assimilation.
Taking inspiration from grassroots activist movements, An Army of Lovers disseminates its messages through democratic means, including stickers, cards, posters, protest songs, and social media. Since its inception in 2014, the project has been deployed in New York City, Brooklyn, Dallas, Austin, Oakland, Mexico City, and online. Follow the project at: armyoflovers.com.”
Kate Jarboe is an artist whose work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Providence, Dallas, and Mexico City, and has been collected by the Allen Ginsberg Estate, the National Museum of American History Library, and the special collections of James Madison University.
M. Wright is a book designer who has been recognized by the New York Book Show, the Type Director’s Club, and the Association of American Museums. Her work has been featured in Print magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Chicago magazine.
AK/OK is Kate Jarboe and M. Wright, an art/design collective based in Austin, Texas. They investigate archives, collections, and social histories in order to revive and reconstruct lost narratives. Their work takes the form of installations, video and sound pieces, photographs, artist’s books, and other printed ephemera. Their artists’ books are distributed by Printed Matter in New York.
Kate and M will be speaking on day 3 of the conference