Is Queer Political?
Arcadia – Queer Art of Diasporic Subjects
Fr. 10.11.2023 – Fr. 2.2.2024
Opening Fr. 10.11.2023 18:00
At the opening will be a performance by Anastasija Pavić and Mata Granata and a DJ Set by DJ Countessa
What is shared among the Yugoslav diaspora and the queer diaspora is this idea of a golden era, that is located either in the past or in a possible future; if this utopia has indeed existed in the past, the way we imagined it, we would have never needed to go anywhere. Or what would happen if we unite again…?
These musings reveal both the endless opportunities and many limitations for imagining this possible future. Consequently, many Balkan queer artists and those in the diaspora, bond over ideas of potential futures devoid of nation-states, borders and divisions, both in gender and cultures. Others are more concerned about what this future will bring us if we continue to participate in the present dominant structures of nationalism, capitalism and patriarchy.
Exhibited artworks of Pavle Banović, Anastasija Pavić, Stanko Gagrčin, Hannah Neckel and Kristina Tica try to reinvent the present and imagine possible futures. They range from rethinking the role of the “personal” in art, the position of the artist as inventor, redefining the positions of both artist and viewer as hybrid forms of accomplice and object, to inventing utopian and dystopian visions of life after losing any firm ground in physical reality.
Ana Simona Zelenovic
This exhibition is part of the project “Is Queer Political”, which is supported by SHIFT