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Edward J. McCaughan

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Art, Identity, and Mexico’s Gay Movement

The author examines how visual artworks produced in the context of Mexico’s LGBT movements helped to shape new discourses and imagine new subjects constituted around the intersections of gender, sexuality, and national identity. McCaughan’s analysis is based on a digital archive of some 600 works of art; for the purposes of this article, the author focuses on works of art by gay men that intervene in the visual discourses of mexicanidad associated with the nation-state and the church. The significance of the creation, circulation, and impact of such imagery, he argues, must be understood in the context of the gradual but uneven, fragile, and still incomplete democratization of Mexico.

Mexico, LGBT movements, visual culture, gender, sexuality, and national identity

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 42, Nos. 3-4 (2015): 89-103

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