Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance
GenderFail is a publishing and programming initiative that seeks to encourage projects that foster an intersectional queer subjectivity. For GenderFail, a queer subjectivity is one that pushes against a capitalist, racist, ableist, xenophobic, transphobic, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-environmental ideology. Our projects look at various forms of failure - from personal, public, and political perspectives - as a boundless form of creative potential. GenderFail is fueled by the messiness of collaboration, education, and community to continue to push our goals of failing forward. GenderFail embraces failure as a site of cultural production. Since its inception in 2015, GenderFail has released content by Liz Barr, Jesse Harrod, Maria Tínaut, Anthony Iacono, Paige Hanserd, Ethan Kastner with upcoming works by Pallavi Sen, Roxana Azar and Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik. GenderFail has presented work at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Ulises Books (Philadelphia), After School Special (Milwaukee) and SEDIMENT (Richmond).
GenderFail’s extensive library of art books, artist books and zines is available to the public upon request or at scheduled times, and we have been offering free use of Risograph machine printing to queer, trans, and non-binary identifying folks since Fall 2017. It is GenderFail’s mission to use these programs to share whatever resources we can with the communities we inhabit.