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Kevin Talmer Whiteneir Jr.

Kevin Whiteneir Jr. is an interdisciplinary artist and art historian whose work discusses the relationships between gender and queer experiences as they relate to race, the effects of (neo)colonialism, and its parallels with magic, religion, and witchcraft. Whiteneir holds a Master’s Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and is a Master of Library and Information Science candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

 

As a performance artist, Whiteneir designs and enacts performative rituals that draw upon historic and contemporary manifestations of magical practices and the occult while illuminating their parallels with queer identities and experiences. These rituals comment upon the consequences of colonialism that continue to impact contemporary communities, manifesting desire and intention through choreographed figurative ceremonies, and experiences of the queer body as both originator and receptacle of action, speech, and other modes of communication. His creative writing practice utilizes the mythology of historic witchcraft to create fictions set within a contemporary setting which propose reflection, introspection, and methods of addressing anxieties of the present-day.

Whiteneir often threads this into his work illuminating practices of censorship and marginalization in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. He is experienced in collections and archival management, institutional practices in diversity, inclusion, and equity, and varied genres of contemporary art history. Whiteneir currently holds the position of Editor for the Societas Magica newsletter, which he publishes in Spring and Autumn.