Join writer, filmmaker, and activist, Jamal Lewis, for a conversation about race, gender, body positivity, and the politics of desire. Lewis will use works-in-progress from their forthcoming documentary, No Fats No Femmes, which interrogates desire formation and the ways in which it is deeply informed by media, pop culture, and capitalism. The lecture (and film) critically engages the phrase “no fats, no fems,” which is popularly used on gay/queer social networking and dating sites to describe one’s dating preferences.
Jamal T. Lewis (b. 1990) is an emerging multidisciplinary artist, writer, and thought leader living in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Named by Teen Vogue as one of the “coolest queers on the internet,” Lewis is also known as ‘fatfemme’, a moniker that encapsulates life at the intersection of fat and femme identity — “spaces that people are afraid to occupy,” he-she names. A graduate of Morehouse College and The New School, Lewis produces work around the body, specifically exploring and interrogating identity formation, race, gender, sexuality, desire, beauty, and ugliness.
Lewis’s work has been featured in LA Times, New York Times, TriBeca, & Tate Modern.