march 2016

2 videos
58 images
text

hunty city

martin firrell

More happily, the term Two Spirit People was self-chosen at the 3rd Annual Intertribal Native American/First Nations Gay and Lesbian Conference in 1990, replacing the colonial term berdache.

Going To The Ranch is US LGBT+ slang for going crazy (US so-called gay conversion centres were often housed in ranch style properties).

The Sistagirls of the Tiwi Islands represent the highest concentration of trans people anywhere in the world.

Hunty City is performed by the artist's husband Moon Laramie and was photographed at their Soho studio and apartment home.
Polari is the great language of oppression: a coded language to enable LGBT+ people to express themselves whilst avoiding detection as both demonised and criminalised homosexuals.

The drag slang of the New York City Ball scene could be regarded as a language of freer expression and reclamation. African and hispanic Americans created the Ball Scene and its attendant language to suit their own particular expressive needs.

Hunty City also explores examples of imposed LGBT+ slang including 175er 19th-century German slang for a gay person referring to paragraph 175 of the 1871 German Penal Code outlawing homosexuality.
Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, Hunty City is a lexicon of gay slanguage based on research into LGBT+ slang and cant languages.

The project was presented 1-12 March 2016 at Shoreditch Town Hall as digital projection of high definition colour video 07:37 in duration.

Hunty City uses text outlines, performance, info-text, music, found dialogue and internet video clips to explore a range of slang and cant languages of various origins.

The project explores two main linguistic traditions; the Polari language of Great Britain and American drag slang from the New York City Balls of the 1970s and 80s.

shoreditch town hall

shoreditch town hall

march 2016

hunty city

martin firrell

2 videos
58 images
text