Courtney Webster and Meg Turner
2021 Giard Grant Winners
Courtney Webster and Meg Turner began their collaborative photo practice in New Orleans in 2015. Meg Turner employs printmaking, photography, sign making, and installation to focus on queer fantasy and contemporary critique. Her first solo museum show Here & Now opened at The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans in 2019. Courtney Webster is an independent film Director, Producer, and media accessibility activist. She most recently produced the Thank God For Abortion anthem video with the artist Viva Ruiz.
Their series PATRICIDE has been shown in part at the New York gallery Wild Project and has been featured in the UK Magazine Heroine. Individual works from the series have been shown in New York at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Bureau of General Services Queer Division, BRIC Arts, and the Wallach Gallery; and in New Orleans at the University of New Orleans Gallery in the exhibition ‘Wildfire’.
Turner and Webster’s grant will support the further development of PATRICIDE which interrogates dominant culture and its reproduction of tropes that reinforce the image of the ideal or heroic body as almost exclusively a white male body. By centering a queer person of color (Webster) as an heroic or swoon-worthy protagonist, the artists make visible an alternate lexicon wherein the erased and invisible become seen, empowered, and celebrated.