Dirty Looks: On Location is a queer historical mapping of Los Angeles through its industry of infamy – film! With 31 events on 31 days, the series is an unprecedented effort that animates and activates sites of queer cultural exchange. Ranging from traditional screenings to drop-in installations and other modes of social practice, On Location will facilitate community- minded dialogues telling stories through a collage of film and urban space.

This expansive time-based arts festival aims to better blend social with the cultural, intervening in traditional and untraditional spaces to bring to light the complex relationships between sexuality, culture, gentrification, and forgotten or suppressed queer history in startling, surprising, and moving ways.

Dirty Looks is thrilled to extend our curatorial vision by collaborating with three organizations – Women’s Center for Creative Work, a not-for- profit whose mission is to cultivate LA’s feminist creative communities and practices; Massive, creates and agents queer and feminist art, comics and fashion by artists from Japan; and Coaxial Arts Foundation, a non-profit multi-disciplinary media arts organization devoted to the support of media, sound and performance art.

The program will be selected from curator proposals narrowed down by the curatorial advisory committee, comprised of multi-faceted historians Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Jennifer Doyle + Lanka Tattersall.

Curatorial portraits by Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Website by Nathan Hauenstein.