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Helen Razer: Giving Up On Art
In a recent article for The Age, Helen Razer tackled the conundrum of queer culture and the value of the ghetto. The very idea of ‘gay’, she argued, is itself a bit of a problem. While it might be persuasively argued that to classify people as gay, bi, trans, poly et al has some ethical or practical purpose, she questions the value of festivals dedicated to promoting homosexuals in the arts “as desperately needed as promoting white men in politics”.
In this Lunchbox/Soapbox appearance, Razer expands her argument. Does gay arts culture exist, as Razer provocatively suggests, merely as a currency for those who have given up on art?