Queer Art, Neoliberalism, and Resistance

By Stephanie Kang (Department of History of Art)

With the continual rise of neoliberalism, the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, the global devolvement of environmental crises, and the ongoing targeting of BIPOC and queer individuals, the world has been subsumed by a bleak, dystopian reality. As a result, many maintain that any hope for a future under present circumstances is not only naïve, it is inconceivable. This pessimistic approach has generated an apocalyptic attitude, which insists that it is perhaps time for humans to rescind their place on the planet and accept their impending extinction. Political theorist Franco “Bifo” Berardi summarizes these pessimistic sentiments regarding the future’s failure, writing, “There is no way out, social civilization is over, the neoliberal precarization of labor and the media dictatorship have destroyed the cultural antibodies that, in the past, made resistance possible.”[1]  So if there is no future and we are perpetually trapped in a present state of exploitation and precarity, is there any hope in resistance? Continue reading