SAQMI Play

This episode is in English

In this episode we talk to Del LaGrace Volcano, an artist and activist based in Sweden for 15 years. Del is best known as a still photographer and has been photographing queer scenes and queer personalities & celebrities since the 1970s, mainly in San Francisco and London. They have made several photographic monographs, including The Drag King Book in collaboration with Jack Halberstam in 1999. Del appears in the documentary Venus Boyz from 2002 and have themselves made an unknown number of short movies during their up to now 40-year artistry. In fact, SAQMI is now in the process of digitizing some of Dels’ movies and making them accessible for an audience.

Born in California 1957, Year of the Fire Rooster. Del LaGrace Volcano is a gender variant visual artist and cultural producer working with the body and gender/sexual identity notions for both social, political and personal purposes. Volcano is considered one of the pioneers of queer photography. Their work focuses on troubling the constructs of gender, sexuality and the corporeal body as a form of public intervention and antidote to heteronormative culture. Del LaGrace Volcano studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1979 – 81 eventually gaining an MA in Photography Studies at the University of Derby in 1992. As Della Grace/Del LaGrace Volcano they produced five photographic monographs: Love Bites, 1991, an exploration of lesbian sex culture. The Drag King Book, 1999, (in collaboration with Jack Halberstam) an exploration of drag king culture in both the USA and Europe, Sublime Mutations, 2000, (foreword by Jay Prosser) is a retrospective look at Volcano’s photographic work from the 1990s. Sex Works, 2005, (afterword by Beatriz Preciado) which examines the history of sexuality of queer scenes and Femmes of Power, 2008, (with Dr. Ulrika Dahl), the first photographic monograph that celebrates queer and alternative expressions of femininity in the USA and Europe.

Del LaGrace Volcano homepage

FILMOGRAPHY:1977 – Nipomo Queen, 30 min, Super 8 documentary about my sister who ran for Elks Rodeo Queen. Stolen when Del left SF for London 1981. 1984 – 1984 – Year of The Rat Woman, 1998 – Pan Sexual Public Porn AKA The Adventures of Hans & Del, 12 min1999 – A Prodigal Son, 15 min1999 – Journey Intersex (with Cara Lavan?), 25 min 2000 – The Passionate Spectator, 10 min2005 – Gender Queer: Qu’est-Ce Que C’est? with Cara Lavan, 5:50 min2008 – Trans Sex – Lesbian Sex Mafia, 9 min (Slide Show)FILMS/TV by others:2000 – Sex & The City, HBO, Photographs from The Drag King Book 2002 – Kobra, SVT12003 – Venuz Boys by Gabriel Baur2011 – Embarrassing Bodies: Living with Intersex, Channel 4, UK2012 – Malou, TV42017 – Raised Without Gender a Vice documentary2018 – Pirate Boys by Pol MerchanBOOKS:1992 – Love Bites – Photographs by Della Grace1999 – The Drag King Book, together with Jack Halberstam2000 – Sublime Mutations2005 – Sex Works 1978-2005 2008 – Femmes of Power – Exploding Queer Femininities together with Ulrika Dahl

Credits SAQMI Play:Producers: Anna Linder and Malin HolgerssonDesign and code: Vincent OrbackComposer: Amanda LindgrenEdited and Mixed by Malin HolgerssonVoices: Kolbrún Inga Söring and Sam MessagePublisher: Anna Linder

SAQMI Play is produced with the support from The Swedish Arts Council and the National Archivist Ingvar Andersons Fund.

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