Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Ming Yuen S. Ma
© 2013 Shane M. Zackery
This video is a visual representation of the frustrations that I suffered from when I, a queer, gender non-conforming, person of color, went to “pasty normals” (a term defined by Jose Esteban Munoz to describe normative, non-exotic individuals) to get a definition of what Punk meant and where I fit into it. In this video, I personify the Punk music movement. Through my actions, I depart from the grainy, low-quality, amateur aesthetics of the Punk film and music genres and create a new world where the Queer Person of Color defines Punk. In the piece, Punk definitively says, “Don’t try to define me. Shut up and leave me to rest.”
Zackery, Shane M., "The Genre Formerly Known As Punk: A Queer Person of Color's Perspective on the Scene" (2014). Scripps Senior Theses. 334.