Joshua Thomen

Joshua Thomen reflects on his brownness, queerness, and familial histories and how they interact with cultural politics of power. Within sculpture, video, and writing, he uses the physicality of plushness and personal glimpses of vulnerability to center narratives of comfort and care. His memories, like those of queer dance spaces, evoke a radical resistance in the face of trauma and grief. In these intimate expressions of personhood, Thomen reveals a utopian desire to reimagine the present.


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another world is possible (it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby) (2020)

i can’t remember what i’m longing for but i'd love some chicken cutlet curry (2019)

(if I knew how to cry i would) (2018)