Brett Suemnucht

January 2017 Storefront Feature


GenderFail storefront feature at SEDIMENT
Opening Friday, January 5th, 6pm-9pm
Runs through Sunday, January 21st
Open hours Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm

For our January storefront feature, SEDIMENT presents GenderFail – a multimedia installation featuring publications, prints and select programing. GenderFail is a publishing and program initiative founded by Brett Suemnicht that features the perspectives of queer and trans people and people of color. The project looks to build up, reinforce and open opportunities for creative projects focusing on printed matter. 

GenderFail will present works from the GenderFail Archive Project in the form of a reading room with select titles from the GenderFail library. The GenderFail Archive Project invites artists, curators, librarians, activists and other engaged publics to pick a selection of titles from our collection of art books, zines and publications. The selections will be archived and presented at SEDIMENT as installations on sculptures commissioned from Richmond-based artists. The collaborative sculptural displays, which were created by artists Hallie McNeill, Evan Galbicka and Colin Klockner, act as vessels for the selected publications.

GenderFail will also be presenting ongoing work made in response to a protest sign used in the New York Chistopher Street Parade in 1974 , in which a sign displaying the handwritten message “Mother Nature is a Lesbian” inspired a typeface created in response to that act of protest. The font derived from the original sign extends the initial moment of protest by expanding this moment of agency past a singular event. It has become the unofficial font for GenderFail and has been used in various programs and publications.

Since its inception in 2015, GenderFail has released content by Liz Barr, Jesse Harrod, Maria Tínaut, Anthony Iacono, Paige Hanserd, Ethan Kastner with upcoming works by Pallavi Sen, Roxana Azar and Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik. GenderFail has presented work at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Ulises Books (Philadelphia), After School Special (Milwaukee) and SEDIMENT (Richmond). Their publications can be found at Printed Matter (NYC), Art Metropole (Toronto), Artbook at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Quimby’s Books (Chicago) and Verbatim Books (San Diego). GenderFail’s extensive library of art books, artist books and zines is available to the public upon request or at scheduled times, and we have been offering free use of Risograph machine printing to queer, trans, and non-binary identifying folks since Fall 2017. It is GenderFail’s mission to use these programs to share whatever resources we can with the communities we inhabit.