Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery
Jamillah James Curatorial Fellow
Saturday, June 21st 2014

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Screening: The Fantasies Given To Us May Never Be Fixed
?Performance: Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery
This evening held two acts: a screening, “The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed,” of recent video that force the performance of masculinity into crisis, often from the margins; and a performance by Philadelphia-based artists, Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery, whose collaborative practice embraces a vocabulary of hypermasculinity as a manner of critique. This event will also feature a short discussion and talkback with Harzinski and Haughery after the performance.

Video Documentation

Artists Statement

In a new performance, Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery spontaneously experiment with power and compliance, post-queer and normative constructs. In a series of ongoing exercises, they bend these distinctions, twist them, mix them together, testing their own limits and the limits of these ideologies. The experiments have varying results. At times they play nice, yielding to one another in unexpected ways, while other moments reveal a more grating, stubborn, even scrappy scuffle. By openly destabilizing boundaries, they enact a new formula for a relationship, suggesting a reality exists where intimacy flows freely, uninterrupted by constructed partitions.


Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery currently live and work in Philadelphia where they create works both individually and collaboratively. Their collaborative work has been featured in a solo exhibition at ACRE Projects (Chicago) and in performances and exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Grizzly Grizzly, Little Berlin (Philadelphia), the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), and L’hybride (Lille, France).

Haughery’s work has been in exhibitions at The Front (New Orleans), Vox Populi and Fjord (Philadelphia). Harzinski’s projects have been exhibited at Arcadia University, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, and the New York Public Library. His current project, Daily Life Storage, involves collecting remnants of queer creativity to produce a series of limited edition portfolios.