In connection with Candice Lin’s exhibition: Pigs and Poison, Dr João Florêncio explores how the figure of the pig has occupied a threshold space in many world cultures.
Pigs have signalled the permeability of our cultural, social, national, and bodily thresholds, and have often been seen as threats to the health and purity of both individuals and the collective bodies of nations. They have been sources of cultural and existential anxieties, judged as a figure that loves wallowing in filth and thus a potential source of contagion and illness. Being simultaneously like us but also foreign, the figure of the pig has been either deployed metaphorically to denote a source of danger or proudly embraced as part of a politics of transgression of social mores and codes of propriety.
Following the talk there will be a Q&A with the online audience.
Dr João Florêncio is senior lecturer in history of modern and contemporary art and visual culture at the University of Exeter, where he researches queer visual histories of the body, health, sexuality, and sexual subcultures. He is the author of Bareback Porn, Porous Masculinities, Queer Futures: The Ethics of Becoming-Pig (Routledge, 2020).