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Kaucyila Brooke, Spirals, 2012, photomontage, 42 x 30". From the series “Can We Talk?, Tit for Twat,” 1993–.

Kaucyila Brooke

Badischer Kunstverein

Kaucyila Brooke, Spirals, 2012, photomontage, 42 x 30". From the series “Can We Talk?, Tit for Twat,” 1993–.

Explicitly gay perspectives in art can all too easily be interpreted as merely individual permutations of “otherness” or “difference,” and now-familiar strategies of camp and queerness can be used to evade essential questions, not just of gender specificity but also of social and cultural determination. Kaucyila Brooke faces such issues squarely, which makes her first major survey exhibition, “Do You Want Me to Draw You a Diagram?,” all the more important.

At the center of the exhibition was Tit for Twat, an ongoing work begun in 1993 and now encompassing nearly thirty large-format photomontage panels telling a variation on the biblical creation story in photo-novella style. Instead of Adam and Eve, a lesbian couple, Madam and Eve, are the protagonists. Using humor to turn the story upside down, the piece takes up lightning-rod issues such as creationism, reality TV, homophobia,

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