Heather Raquel Phillips talks kink and queer liberation
New contributor and friend of Artblog, Wit López speaks with multi-disciplinary artist Heather Raquel Phillips about documenting people of color in the leather community and turning the camera on herself.

Visual and performing artist, Heather Raquel Phillips. Photo courtesy of Wit López
Visual and performing artist, Heather Raquel Phillips. Photo courtesy of Wit López

As a performer, object maker and video artist, Heather Raquel Phillips draws on the absurd, the uncanny (and occasionally the scatalogical) to explore the boundaries of sexuality, desire and the body. The comparisons to John Waters practically write themselves, but Phillips’s work has a humor and sensitivity all its own. Here she speaks with artist and curator Wit López about collaborating within her own networks in the Mid-Atlantic fetish scene and maintaining a documentary practice in tandem with her more surreal output. How did she recently end up doing an outdoor photo session in 15 degree weather? Listen to find out. This conversation was recorded in January, 2019 at Moore College of Art and Design’s TGMR radio station. The podcast is 30 minutes long.

Heather Raquel Phillips currently has work on view through February 15, 2019 in At The Same Time, a group show of NAPOLEON members at Goggleworks. Goggleworks is located at 201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601

Follow Heather on instagram (@heatheraquel) or visit her website

Thank you to The Galleries at Moore TGMR radio project for making this podcast available, and especially to Matt Kalasky for inviting Artblog to participate in the Moore TGMR radio project.

Wit López is a Brooklyn-born, Philly-made, performer, visual artist, independent curator, and scholar of African American and Boricua descent. And ummm, they write sometimes too. For more information on their work, visit their website at witlopez.com


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