Critical Writing Index

Black Women Together: Visiting Video Artist Takes a New Approach

by Diane Thibault

Xtra!, May 1, 1992, no. 167, p. 12

A short piece by Diane Thibault describes the work and social/political views of Cheryl Dunye, a Philadelphia based video artist. Dunye's work, She Don't Fade, depicts, with empathetic humour, the various stages of intimacy and interaction between lesbians. Dunye however, also addresses the much more pressing issue of race by stating that the work was driven by a desire to see "black women together on the screen". Issues of race were also addressed in her previous work, Janine and Vanilla Sex, pieces concerning interracial relationships. The works reflect Dunye's own belief that lesbians of colour should work together to ensure that they have their own voice separate from the white lesbian community.

ITEM 1992.079 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

She Don't FadeCheryl Dunye

The Potluck and The PassionCheryl Dunye

JanineCheryl Dunye

Vanilla SexCheryl Dunye