“This desolate space.
Consumed, destruction of previous governments and capitalist citizens.
You cut down the trees so we can’t talk to them.
We’ve inherited the dust.
A colonisation of waste.”
An anti-capitalist Queer State is regarded internationally as a terrorist organisation. “Applicants” to the state are required to undergo a formal procedure to assess their suitability for citizenship, that is, how their sexuality and politics align with the purpose of the state. Accepted applicants receive a healing induction cleanse to free themselves from internalised homophobia & transphobia. Questioning who decides who gets to belong, rejected applicants are simply offered brutal guidance how to express their sexuality and identity in a manner that will allow them to reintegrate to their home state.
Expulsion incorporates archival footage of Joan Jett Blakk, the drag persona of Terence Smith, who ran for mayor of Chicago in 1991 and for president in the USA in 1992 on the ticket of the Queer Nation party. ‘Expulsion’ navigates through queer history, from the witchcraft trials and the inquisition, to current debates around homonormativity and the co-opting of queerness by capitalism. The footage of Joan Jett Blakk’s rallies and speeches are full of hope and determination to imagine a better world for queer people, one which fails to fully materialise as the fictional queer state descends into bureaucracy.