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i am your worst fear i am your best fantasy / BEST GAY AMERICANS

Artist
Be Oakley
Price
$15.00
Date
2019
Publisher
GenderFail
Format
Zines
Size
15 × 21 cm
Length
32 pp
Genre
Activism, Typography, LGBTQ2S+, Risograph
Description

i am your worst fear i am your best fantasy / FIRST GAY AMERICANS is a publication based on a typeset sourced from two protest signs from the gay liberation movement. The publication features an essay talking to the Oakley’s protest sign typesets. In the publication designer Kelsey Elder states “Leveraging the authority afforded to language by typographic form, oakley’s typefaces pull dissenting letterform’s and narratives from queer history into contemporary context. Through the act of digitization, the work simultaneously functions as an archive as well as a platform of visibility for voices largely excluded from the field in which the work is positioned. Formally ‘nice,’ the letter forms transcend static interpretation when in context of the language present on their specimens and Oakley’s open source distribution model. The letter forms become a site of significance. The typeface a metaphor. The publishing model and access to the typefaces, an act of dissent. The work is unapologetic to its trespasses, and pushes against hegemonic aesthetics and values. By employing aspects of lived experience and culture which are external to the typographic field itself, Oakley importantly exposes the lack of divergent narratives currently present while simultaneously providing a platform for them.”

Be Oakley is a writer, facilitator, and publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. They received their MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Oakley’s projects look to what Fred Moten calls “the politics of the mess” by framing their identity as a white non-binary queer person in its intersections with failure and internationality. Their publications can be found in the library collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Center for Book Arts, Tate Museum Zine Library and many others.

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