Dom Drop premiering in NYC on April 27, 2017 in the group show Sexual Fragments Absent curated by
Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi
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MA Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present Sexual Fragments Absent, a one-night exhibition and performance curated by Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi. Sexual Fragments Absent features the work of three black women—Doreen Garner, Shawné Michaelain Holloway and Tiona McClodden—whose artistic practices are invested in the politics of race, sex and affect within BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism). Unpacking this entangled sociopolitical web of BDSM begins for these artists with the affective reverb between pleasure and pain, present and past. This reverb is normally understood as a kink to pleasure. However, this kink takes an even more complicated turn for black bodies—particularly women—that engage in or explore tropes of BDSM. Saddled with the historical violence of chattel slavery and domination, the practice and aesthetics of BDSM not only complicate the contours of black bodies but also suffocate the possibilities of gratification or, bluntly, getting off. Pleasure in this contested frame is sometimes absent, but when present, it becomes fragmented, reduced to a perverse ornament—more than a kink, really. In fact, the ironic pangs of excitement and pleasure in BDSM highlight how black women BDSMers further kink the binaries of black/white, master/slave, dom/sub, fantasy/reality, pleasure/pain, mind/body, but in ways that deviate—or bend—from black feminist positions on silence, respectability and resistance vis-à-vis black female sexuality.