Inspired by the complexities and diversities of gender and sexual identities, Lee Paje’s upcoming show will recreate and rewrite fairy tales, with the aim of defying stereotypes and questioning their simplistic binary terms.
Text by Jaime Oscar M. Salazar
To invoke the ritual phrase, “Once upon a time” is to signal to the reader, the listener, or the viewer that what one is about to share is set outside of measurable chronology and beyond specific historical experience—an account that, detached from everyday life, unfurls in a strange kind of eternity: always already in the faraway past, and yet, with each recounting, ever in the immediate present. Long associated with the fairy tale, a complex and, in truth, frustratingly vague genre, this way of handling time may help to explain the enduring power of narratives gathered under the adversaries, magical entities, and talking animals all interacting toward what is, one hopes, a happy ending—at least as far as the protagonists and their associates are concerned.
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