Bound together
in Bound together
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

manchesterhive requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals - to see content that you/your institution should have access to, please log in through your library system or with your personal username and password.

If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/extracts and download selected front and end matter. 

Institutions can purchase access to individual titles; please contact for pricing options.


If you have an access token for this content, you can redeem this via the link below:

Redeem token

Making the argument that leather archives and certain strands of contemporary queer artistic practice are bound up with one another, and that each gives the other meanings that enrich and deepen their respective significance to their own times, communities, and even, to culture at large, the introduction sets out to define the book’s critical terms—chiefly, leather and archives. Leather, for the purposes of this text, is proposed as a diverse sexual ecology that privileges fucking and improvisatory play, genital and non-genital pleasure, rules and their effacement—all under the rubric of a seemingly static visual iconography, which in actuality is always in the process of being amended, shored, repurposed, and obliterated. Eschewing the metonymic linguistic figuration of ‘the archive,’ the introduction argues for taking a more on-the-ground approach to assessing and working with archives. A work by queer/non-binary artist Roy A. Martinez, a comic strip by leather artist Bill Ward, and the online archive ‘The Colors of Leather’ are discussed as brief case studies.

Bound together

Leather, sex, archives, and contemporary art


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 92 93 5
Full Text Views 0 0 0
PDF Downloads 0 0 0