It features writers, artists, dancers, tattooists and DJs, some of them famous, like Marina Abramovic and Mike Parr, others, like Latai Taumoepeau, Lanny K and Kathleen Mary Fallon, unjustly overlooked.
The portraits of these figures and the scenes they inhabit present an intimate and expansive archive of a world rarely recorded in our histories.
Fiona McGregor is an award-winning novelist and performance artist with a deep involvement in the worlds she represents.
She came of age as an artist during an outpouring of performative queer creativity, in a community that celebrated subversion, dissent and uninhibited partygoing, and in her writing she observes the shift from that moment to new forms of cultural repression.
McGregor is a participant in her essays as well as a witness – she sees through an artist’s eyes and records what she perceives with a novelist’s insight.
Fiona McGregor has published six books, including Indelible Ink, which won the Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for several other awards; Strange Museums, the memoir of a performance art tour through Poland; the short story collection Suck My Toes, which won the Steele Rudd Award; and the underground classic chemical palace.
Her most recent titles are the essay collection Buried Not Dead and the photo-essay A Novel Idea, both published by Giramondo. She writes for The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Overland, Runway and Running Dog.
She is known for her extensive repertoire of performance art with a focus on the body, duration and endurance, and is an organiser in Sydney’s alternative queer culture.
“McGregor has a fine eye for the moment, in a text or performance, when the marvellous happens. Cutting across the boring divides between high art and low dives, Buried Not Dead is alive to what’s alive.” – McKenzie Wark
Buried Not Dead is published by Giramondo Publishing and is available from all leading book sellers including Dymocks.
Image: Buried Not Dead – courtesy of Giramondo Publishing