*this event is open to queer and trans allies*
The photographs we take to document ourselves and our fur family almost exclusively exist on instagram or in the cloud.
As queers, lesbians, bipoc, and indigenous folks we often lack access to the luxury of a family portrait. But as the story-tellers of our past, present and future we have an investment in keeping our embodied familial stories alive. When we document our family and our stories, we become our own archive makers and as such the queer archive is always alive with the the possibility of transformation. Documenting our pet family isn't necessarily new, but having a queer pet family portrait is an innovative and generative opportunity to celebrate how our cats, dogs, goldfish, hamsters, reptiles and even birds become essential to our queer family fabric.
We are inviting you and your chosen family, friends, lovers and animal companions to document, celebrate, and commemorate your queer freak fam with an accessibly priced portrait.
We are setting up an accessible opportunity for families ( this includes all forms of chosen family, friends, lovers, and pet fam) to come into the studio and have your portrait taken. We are especially looking for queers and their pet companions to have their photos taken together.
The following is included:
~Digital copies of selected favorites
~The option to be apart of a long term archive portrait project
* We are prioritizing access and affordability to QBiPOC and indigenous folks
Sorrell Scrutton is an LA based queer photographer invested in shooting queer portraits and pet photos. As a collaborative project about queer families and the archive, she is working with Jenna Lee Forde a curator, and zine maker based in Toronto. With an emphasis on queer families that include pets, this pop up portrait event will be an opportunity to document your chosen family. This series will eventually culminate in a full length publication about queer families and their pets.
“Queer uses of time and space develop, at least in part, in opposition to the institutions of family, heterosexuality, and reproduction. They also develop according to other logics of location, movement, and identification. If we try to think about queerness as an outcome of strange temporalities, imaginative life schedules, and eccentric economic practices, we detach queerness from sexual identity and come closer to understanding Foucault’s comment in “Friendship as a Way of Life” that “homosexuality threatens people as a ‘way of life’ rather than as a way of having sex” . In Foucault’s radical formulation, queer friendships, queer networks, and the existence of these relations in space and in relation to the use of time mark out the particularity and indeed the perceived menace of homosexual life”(Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, Halberstam).