Nobody Knows (That You Are Gay) is an imagined archive of queer histories. With no official narratives of its own, LGBTQ histories are carefully pieced together through acts of rediscovery, reassembling, and reinterpretation. I aim to transform that method of piecemeal recovery into an artistic process, using materials and their physical “memory” as metaphors for the “love that dare not speak its name” throughout history. Layering, scraping, scratching, and crinkling photographs, and modifying their surfaces with ink, charcoal, pigments, boiling water or ice, I rework images as they develop and after, moving between analog and digital alterations. Representing queer history by intentionally obfuscating it and mimicking its ambiguities, my paradoxical archive plays with the materiality of photographic substrates. It is no longer possible to discern how each photograph was made, nor how many times or by what means transfigured. My process and materials, including found objects, reflect my subject matter, with the act of inventing an archive paralleling the creation of a performative identity that has long been denied or hidden from view. Put differently, Nobody Knows is itself a process of queering the archive.