Ameliorative homecomings: framing the queer migrant in A sinner in Mecca (2015) and Who’s gonna love me now? (2016)

Cakirlar, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1171-8635, 2020. Ameliorative homecomings: framing the queer migrant in A sinner in Mecca (2015) and Who’s gonna love me now? (2016). The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums and Culture (01), pp. 245-263. ISSN 2633-4534

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Abstract

This study critically analyzes representations of the queer migrant subject in two documentaries, A Sinner in Mecca (2015) and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (2016). Both films construct a drama of conflicting intersections between religion, national belonging, and sexual identity, which is resolved through a normative pull towards home and its affective restructuring of intimacy in the context of queer migrant subjectivity. The ameliorative status of homecoming operates as a default resolution in these films. A longing for home is that which both films register as the queer migrant’s constitutive attachment. These documentaries’ (re)domestication of the queer subject seems to promote a neoliberal identity politics of sexual humanitarianism, in which collective struggles are occluded by individual, heroic testimonials of homecoming.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: 01 issue title: Transitory parerga: access and inclusion in contemporary art, edited by Vlad Strukov.
Publication Title: The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums and Culture
Creators: Cakirlar, C.
Publisher: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Date: 30 November 2020
Number: 01
ISSN: 2633-4534
Identifiers:
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10.35074/GJ.2020.1.1.015DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 16 Jun 2020 19:23
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 12:08
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40008

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