Queer Mutants: Modes to Cultivate Genetic Resistance

Lyndsey Walsh

How can mutational and queer identities cultivate resistance to genetic fatalism and gender bias at the dawn of the emerging genetic era? This talk unravels the creative project Self-Care and its interventions, as a framework to rearticulate notions of care toward embodied differences.
Stage 10

Improvements in genetic testing and the dawn of the genomic era have resulted in the emergence new disease identities for those diagnosed as mutants. While the genomic era promises profound improvements in healthcare, this paradigm shift cannot escape medicine's longstanding history of violence and oppression for those trapped as an object of its gaze. Examining the entanglements between cultural media, clinical praxis, and the politics surrounding Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, this talk explores how acts of "self-care", as a method of social and creative resistance, can give way to critical examinations about how and why particular bodies are regarded with suspicion and distrust, influencing contemporary issues in healthcare and biopolitics around the world. 

Photograph of the artist Lyndsey Walsh, cropped in a circular shape with a blue tint. Lyndsey has dark brown hair and pale white skin. The artist is looking directly at the camera.
artist, writer & researcher