Among Dreams traces the invisible histories of Queer American soldiers through short experimental films, photographic portraits, quilt-work, text-based art and collages. Works incorporate new, appropriated and archival materials to interpret and explore interviews conducted since 2011 by the artist herself with active duty soldiers and veterans across the U.S. Oral histories combined with soldiers’ nighttime dreams offer a visceral palette to re-form a landscape largely inhabited but widely unseen.
The 2011 repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell disrupted a history of imposed silencing on our Queer service members; Among Dreams offers an intentional witnessing of and inquiry into stories that have only recently become a visible and audible part of our record, but have always been integral to the fabric of our whole human story.
Spanning topics of Witch Hunt Interrogations, Military Rape as a targeted hate-crime and PTSD, Among Dreams explores the Body Memory and the internalized impact of violence from the perspective of queer soldiers of war.
What the Body Remembers 3
Deborah Suzannie Quon, a retired Navy Veteran who served her country from 1987-2008, learned to show the people that [she] interacted with in the military what they expected to see. Deborah, who was twice the target of witch hunt interrogations for being gay and also raped during her service, learned how to lead a double life while serving in the military.
When stationed in Florida in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom just after 9/11 Quon temporarily resided in a hotel just across from an airport. All night, hearing the planes taking off and landing, she would picture people falling from the twin towers. "So when you ask me if I have dreams, no. I don't have dreams. I have nightmares."