© The Artist
Four works from Not Titled series, 1984
Bob Jardine (b. 1947)
Embracing the threshold
Bob Jardine’s series of photographs documents a one-off drag show at the nightclub The Joint, offering a glimpse into the queer scene in Milton Keynes in the 1980s. Queer spaces have always existed, though they have not always been officially recognised or recorded, often found away from the public eye or forced to go underground. Jardine’s photographs record these marginalised spaces as rich sites of creativity, safety and acceptance. Outside of heteronormative and binary conventions, the subjects of these images defiantly reveal the communities that exist, and thrive, in the spaces of the in-between.
To read an essay by co-curator Giulia Calvi about Queer Spaces, visit pages 35-39 of the Catalogue.