LGBTQ History Group: Ellis Martin & Zach Ozma on Lou Sullivan
Visiting Lou: Charting Contemporary Narratives in a Queer, Trans Archive
Louis Graydon Sullivan (1951-1991) was a gender revolutionary: he was the first publicly gay trans man to attempt to medically transition in the 1980s. Lou carefully journaled his experiences (queer, trans, romantic, lascivious, challenging, poetic, medical, political) from age 11 until his death from AIDS complications at age 39. Up until now, very little has been published of the journals.
This meeting of the LGBTQ History group will feature artists Ellis Martin & Zach Ozma who are currently working with Lou Sullivan’s archives. They transcribed major selections from the diaries, pulling already-existing threads from the journals to make Lou’s inner dialogues come to life in a series of narratives. The artists will present on their process as well as the biographical and historical contexts that Lou existed in, explaining this project that renewed the task Lou was working on up until his death: publishing his diaries.
Ellis Martin works with digital derivatives in the interstice of art and archive. He holds a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from Mills College in Oakland. His short films have screened at San Francisco Transgender Film Festival and Trans Stellar Film Festival. He is co-editing The Selected Diaries of Louis G. Sullivan (1961 - 1991) alongside Zach Ozma which is forthcoming from Timeless, Infinite Light in 2019.
Zach Ozma is a poet, potter, and social practice artist. He received a BFA in Community Arts from California College of the Arts in Oakland. His work has appeared at Nook Gallery and CTRL+SHFT. Black Dog Drinking From An Outdoor Pool, his first collection of poetry, will be published by Sibling Rivalry Press in March 2019.
William Way LGBT Community Center
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