Inspired in part by nineteenth-century farm and labor paintings, Cockettes’ Cusp explores the ground between man, land, and spirituality. It is a vision that rides the edge between progress and futility. In these photographs, a series of linked histories are forced together in Utah’s deserted Bonneville Salt Flats. Gerrard Winstanley’s protocommunist agrarian Diggers in England work alongside famed drag queen Hibiscus’s self-marginalized Cockettes, a drag queen theater troupe. The Cockettes were an offshoot of Californian hippies who chose to revive the legacy of the original seventeeth-century Diggers with similar, though not protestant, activist motivations. Framed here, they are vacuum-packed on stage and interdependent in an environment that is tragically devoid, yet abundant with potential for life.
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