Not only will I stare. I want my look to change reality.
The focus in these series of drawings lies in the looks, looks that are seen as confrontational, as gestures of resistance, challenges to authority. The gaze is political, it can be dangerous. As Bell Hooks puts it, there is power in looking, the gaze has been and is a site of resistance. In relations of power we learn experientially that there is a critical gaze, one that “looks” to document and one that is oppositional, one learns to look a certain way in order to resist. Power of the spectator is identified by every narration that places the spectator in a position of agency; and race, class and sexual relations that influence the way in which this subjecthood is filled by the spectator.