Buried Not Dead

Fiona McGregor



Buried Not Dead is a collection of writings on art, literature and performance, sexuality, activism and the life of the city. In these essays, written over twenty-five years, Fiona McGregor documents performance artists, writers, dancers, tattooists and DJs, some of them famous, like Marina Abramović and Mike Parr, while others, like Latai Taumoepeau, Lanny K and Kathleen Mary Fallon, are less well known. In capturing these figures and the scenes they inhabit, McGregor offers an expansive archive of art and life of a kind rarely recorded in our histories.

Fiona McGregor’s immersion in her subject matter comes from a deep and enduring involvement in the worlds she represents. She came of age as an artist during an outpouring of performative queer culture, in a community that celebrated subversion, dissent and uninhibited partygoing, and in her writing she observes the shift from that moment towards new forms of cultural repressiveness. 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. In excavating the lives of others, she reveals her own, and shows the possibilities that rest beneath the surface of our 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

‘Compromise-averse, dangerous, this book is also a precious archive of radical art-making witnessed firsthand.’ – Maria Tumarkin

Buried Not Dead will startle you back to life. McGregor’s book is a shriek of rage and a cry of pleasure, and sometimes it is hard to tell one from the other.’ – Krissy Kneen

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ISBN : 9781925818604
pp : 304
Published : February 2021

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About the Author

Fiona McGregor’s latest book is the photoessay A Novel Idea, a tongue-in-cheek rumination on the process of writing a novel through the rubric of endurance performance. Her novel Indelible Ink won the Age Book of the Year. Her other books include the travel memoir Strange Museums, and the short story collection Suck My Toes/Dirt, which won the Steele Rudd Award, and the underground classic chemical palace. Fiona is also known for an extensive repertoire of performance art with a focus on the body, duration and endurance. She has been active in Sydney’s alternative queer culture since the early 90s. In 2021, Giramondo will publish Buried Not Dead, a collection of essays.