States of Independence
Dazed's ultimate guide to US creativity

States of Independence: The top ten provocateurs

The most radical, titillating diverse creatives we showcased during our six week stateside extravaganza

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DARBY LARSON'S TUNK & FLUT

Darby Larson is revolutionising the novel form. During Dazed States of Literature week, we invited the enigmatic writer to share his explosive prose, Tunk & Flut.

ARTIFICIALLY INSEMINATING COWS WITH DAVID GORDON GREEN

He's left us in stitiches with Pineapple Express and spine tingling chills with new thriller Joe, but have you seen David Gordon Green's educational doc on how to artificially inseminate cows? Yes you read correctly. We got the lowdown on his indie film credentials. 

STOYA AND MELISSA GIRA GRANT

Porn star Stoya shook things up during our State of Sex week. Drawing on the sex industry and gender roles, Stoya met up with the Playing the Whore author, Melissa Gira Grant to discuss everything from sex trafficking to feminism.

THE GREATEST SEX-STRADDLING US ARTISTS

Running with the sex theme, we collated a top ten list of artists whose work evokes all things x-rated. Jeff Koons, Nan Goldin and of course Robert Mapplethorpe were some of the most experimental, progressive artists to bring sex and sexual equality to the forefront of American culture. 

PETRA COLLINS SELECTS...JULIANA HUXTABLE

Who better than photographer Petra Collins to document "Queer Coven" artist turned DJ, Juliana Huxtable. With the blurring of gender boundaries rising throughout art and fashion, Dazed caught up with Huxtable to discuss the NYC nightlife and the quashing of queer rap from the media. 

AT HOME WITH FLAWLESS SABRINA

Trans icon Flawless Sabrina is at the pinnacle of the LGBT community. After almost sixty years of drag queen contests and custom made lady suits, Flawless Sabrina shared her view on identity politics and transgender youth empowerment. 

INSIDE NEVADA'S SECRET BROTHELS

We caught up with British photographer Jane Hilton to talk about her series on Nevada's most secretive, ranch-style brothels – talking ideology and the world's most misunderstood professionals with an exclusive look at her new book, Precious.

LARRY CLARK'S POP QUIZ

Film provocateur Larry Clark has been criticised and simultaneously glorified for his portrayal of pre-adolescent sex-obsessed skater kids. We quizzed him about teenage crushes, his love of the States and cult American cinema. 

SCOTT MCCLANAHAN: SPITTING IN THE FACE OF SHAKESPEARE

Alt lit novelist Scott McClanahan is somewhat of a rebel in the literary world. Six books down and his gritty portrayal of life in Southern West Virginia is unsettlingly honest - Crapalachia: A Biography of Place reigns as his real ghetto. 

THE SECRET HISTORY OF MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art has remodelled classic American art. Since it's inception in downtown Los Angeles in 1979, MOCA has continued to globalise the contemporary art world. Dazed counted down its revolutionary history. 

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