Brown Neon (Paperback)

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These essays cover a lot of ground. Driving through the desert from her/their home to her/their lover’s, in a car that might not make it. Crossing into Mexico to view art as border wall on the way to a wedding. Reaching across generational lines, older and younger. Considering gender and sexuality and the continuous evolution. Thinking deeply about art of many forms–photography, performance, djing. I felt like I was in the car with Guitierrez, having a long talk, letting the hot air wash over us.

— kathryn


A meditation on southwestern terrains, intergenerational queer dynamics, and surveilled brown artists that crosses physical and conceptual borders.

Part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree, Raquel Guti rrez's debut essay collection, Brown Neon, gleans insight from the sediment of land and relationships. For Guti rrez, terrain is essential to understanding that no story, no matter how personal, is separate from the space where it unfolds. Whether contemplating the value of adobe as both vernacular architecture and commodified art object, highlighting the feminist wounding and transphobic apparitions haunting the multigenerational lesbian social fabric, or recalling a failed romance, Guti rrez traverses complex questions of gender, class, identity, and citizenship with curiosity and nuance.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566896375
ISBN-10: 1566896371
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English