We Were Here

MARCH 23 TO APRIL 30, 2019

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Marpa Franzoni’s research and curatorial project We Were Here opened at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries for the 2019 Southland Honors Awards on March 23rd.

We Were Here hopes to shine a spotlight on women and gender non-conforming folks in the Leather community. It features important trailblazers, titleholders, contemporary artists and photographers. The exhibition contains excerpts from publications found in ONE Archives such as early editions of The Leather Journal and Venus Infers, rarely seen images from artist TOM of Finland, and photographs by Del LaGrace Volcano and Shilo McCabe.

“There are a lot of women like you—brave, intelligent, outrageous, honest, and kinky. Come find us.” – Pat Califia

We Were Here is a mere snapshot of a subculture that has long existed and is rarely celebrated. The Work is a starting point of a more exhaustive and fulsome project to be continued.

Please note that this exhibition is installed around the second story mezzanine and is only accessible via stairs.


Image: Erotic Coloring Book. Courtesy of  The Carter Johnson Library Dallas Annex.
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