C Magazine Launches Issue 157: Kink

C157 Kink cover image: Arjun Lal, Leather Bar in Bangalore (detail), 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

C Magazine Launches Issue 157 KINK (Spring 2024)

The new issue of C Magazine, C157 KINK (Spring 2024), undertakes a series of deviations, exploring political, erotic, social, and creative bends in the straight lines of convention. Through creative explorations in features, conversations, and experimental texts, C157 contributors confront the consequences and possibilities of our desires. This issue looks to queerness, disobedience, disruption, pleasure, consent, and play, imagining how we might reshape the ways we relate, engage, and coexist with each other.

“Since we began working on this issue,” reflects C Magazine Editor Joy Xiang, “I’ve come to associate “kink” with a knot in my stomach and the perverse contrasts of living on a small slice of this earth amidst systems of dehumanization.” Across the texts that follow Xiang’s editorial, this issue excavates the simultaneously utopic and hellish realities embodied by “kink” as the grounded expressions of our world—its perversions, contradictions, hierarchies, and extremes. From indigenous-settler relations to eroticized debt, subspace and fetish aesthetics, the physicality of protest, and love amid brutality, artists and writers in this issue engage kink to consider how we could “fall in love (or lust) again…with this shivering world, in all its confrontations.”

Mo Glitch, proxy (detail), 2024. Courtesy of the artist.

C157 begins with proxy, an original artist project by Mo Glitch, guest curated by Liliona Quarmyne. In their messy, playful, and intimate entanglements, the Barbie-like dolls staged in Glitch’s photographs trouble our distinction between reality and its representation. As Quarmyne reflects, the dolls “inhabit and enact a world we have yet to see…and yet they are also part of the world in which we live. A world of constant negotiation.” eunice bélidor’s feature “What Is the Safe Word?” similarly crosses between worlds, entertaining BDSM practices like consent, boundaries, and communication as ways to safely navigate working relationships within art institutions.

In addition to Xiang’s C157 editorial, Quarmyne’s curatorial text and bélidor’s feature are available online. Read select additional texts at cmagazine.com and preview all the features in this issue below.

Ja’Tovia Gary, Quiet As It’s Kept, video still (detail), 2023. © Courtesy of the artist.

Letters:

Responses to C Magazine Issue 156 Craft.
— from Danielle Hogan, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Kathleen Foran-Spragge, and Austin Henderson

Features:

What Is the Safe Word?
— eunice bélidor

Fetish Aesthetics and Fan Fiction in Dana Buzzee’s Philosophically Pornographic Practice
— Adrien Crossman

Sinister Pleasure: Interview with Ja’Tovia Gary
— Erica N. Cardwell

Our Third Sun
— Aman Sandhu and Sahar Te

Hard Limits, Soft Landing
— Raven Davis and Cara Tierney

A Good Animal on Wet Sheets: Disobedient Gasps in Subspace
— Alexa Bunnell

Gui B.B’s Performances and the Erotics of Debt
— Emma-Kate Guimond

Reviews:

“Foggy: Palestine Solidarity, Cinema & the Archive”
— Darian Razdar

All reviews and columns for this issue are listed in the table of contents.

Subscribe now to read all of C157 KINK online and access the full suite of images in proxy. All subscriptions include unlimited access to the latest print and online-exclusive content at cmagazine.com. Want to read it in print? Find a store near you or order your copy online.

Annie Sakkab, The Poem We Sang, film still, 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

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