English Muffin I
How do you reclaim history? For marginalized people across the world, the act of reclaiming a place, a space, and one's history, is an act of resistance and revolution. While queer bodies, queer lives, and queer spaces, have existed since the dawn of history, definitions and social constructs around sex and gender have changed, and adapted to fit the norms, (and needs) of a particular moment in time.
We so often hear about the violence and repression that queer bodies have experienced over the course of history; but we must also recognize that queer bodies have also been at the center of power and pleasure since the dawn of time. Performance Art's medium is the human body. To perform in images, like the ones below, is to reclaim a space, place, and a history for a contemporary audience whose current socio-political situation may make them feel hopeless.
In this photo essay, we meet English Muffin I, a drag queen, inspired by Elizabeth I, who lives outside of the gender binary. English Muffin I's timeless image reminds us that queer lives matter, and that the visibility of queer bodies matter, yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever.
English Muffin I is the creation of Matthew Champagne. Their insight on the creative process is included below.