Vaginal Davis’s oeuvre is where queer activism meets racial justice, where resistance meets joy, where punk meets the parlor room, and where Audre Lorde meets G.B. Jones. As a leading lady in punk, queer, and Black (art) histories in the United States and beyond, Vaginal Davis has made scenes for a living—from her hometown Los Angeles to her adopted home Berlin. Vaginal Davis: Magnificent Product shows her practice in painting, film, and writing, and how this intersects with her lives as a musician, performer, and organizer.
Following Ms. Davis’s approach to art as a practice that holds no center but emerges from a connected community of people and spaces, as well as a plurality of forms and media, the exhibition Vaginal Davis: Magnificent Product adopts a unique curatorial model and will unfold as a multi-nodal exhibition across Moderna Museet and various institutions in Stockholm, including Nationalmuseum, Accelerator, Index – Swedish Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tensta Konsthall, and MDT. The collaborative impulse behind this project is informed by both an insistence on the multiplicity of Ms. Davis’s practice and a desire to host communities in different ways and in different spaces—indeed, to envision the exhibition as a heterogeneous platform where an audience can become a community across various spaces in a city.