The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver

Eds. Lois Weaver and Jen Harvie


“A Spirited Guide Goddess for any art practice.”

                                                            Oreet Ashery, Artist

"It is only fitting that the book that chronicles the career of pioneering feminist, lesbian performance artist, Lois Weaver is exceptional in its own right."

                                                                     Morgan Gwenwald, GLBT Reviews


Lois Weaver is one of the true pioneers in feminist and lesbian performance. The Only Way Home Is Through the Show explores her collaborative work with Split Britches and Spiderwoman as well as her solo projects, performance interventions, and work as a facilitator, teacher, and as Tammy WhyNot.

It tells her story through hundreds of professional and personal photos and an extraordinary range of texts, from performance writing to critical commentary – all embellished with performance ephemera, personal memoir, and hand-written notes on methodologies.

Featuring a wealth of material that has never previously been published, the book includes contributions from many of Weaver’s key collaborators, old and new, and many of the most important feminist writers, photographers, and performance makers of the last forty years.

The Only Way Home Is Through the Show is a guided tour of Lois Weaver’s aesthetics, principles, inspirations, innovations, and desires. 

Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books, 2015. 21cm x 24cm, 320 pages, paperback with colour photographs throughout. 

ISBN 978-1-78320-534-9

This publication is the third in the Intellect Live book series. Intellect Live is a collaboration between Intellect Books and the Live Art Development Agency. The series is characterized by lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed books that are created through close collaborations between artists and writers, and that are the first substantial publication dedicated to the artists' work.

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