The Glittering World
Molly Surno is a multi-disciplinary artist, her work ranging from immersive and itinerant public film screenings (Cinema 16), to an upcoming documentary about the Miss Trans World Indian pageant. “The Glittering World” is a series of Polaroid photographs taken with the transgender Native American community while working on this film.
Her work reveals a new reality not only outside of societal norms, but also outside of stereotypical perspectives on subcultures altogether. When we think drag queens, we think pink, heeled, altogether with Western feminine ideals. When we think desert, we do not think disco ball. “The Glittering World” reminds us of the profound diversity of America, and how we yield new traditions through our historical fantasies and present desires. Surno’s use of expired Polaroid film even feels radical, and outside of the usual analog mourning—“nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”
“The Glittering World” is on view, along with more of Surno’s work, at Gasser / Grunert, closing this week, Friday, July 13.
Images courtesy the artist and Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc.
this is so many of my favourite things in one art project. if only i were in nyc this week… go see this if you are!