- Zoe Leonard, b. 1961, American
I want a president
Carbon black inkjet print on onion skin paper, glass, L pins
Image/sheet: 27.9 x 21.6 cm (11 x 8 1/2 inches)
EditionEdition of 100
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund
Opening with the line “I want a dyke for president,” Leonard lists qualities she wants to see in those wielding power. A 2018 reprint of Leonard’s 1992 poem, this work memorializes the significance of her words, which have been a rallying cry for feminist, queer, and social-justice activists for nearly three decades. In 2016, Leonard clarified her poem’s relevance: “It’s a question of power. Who has it? Who gets a voice? Why are some of us marginalized, while others are ushered in? This is a structural question. This is a conceptual question. This is a real-life question. How do we choose to govern ourselves?”
Edition of 100
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