Upcoming: History Hustory* / Museum of Self-Care

This year’s program of Queer Museum Vienna at Volkskundemuseum Wien will start off with a show on eco-sexuality, the importance of unpolluted bodies of water as base of all life on this planet, the consideration of natural resources such as water as legal entities which deserve to remain unharmed and in a wider sense: sustainability and its connection to queer resistance against global capitalism and thus the exploitation and destruction of the environment.

History Hustory* / Museum of Self-Care

Sat, 3.6.2023 – Sun, 20.8.2023

Opening Fri 2.6.2023; 6pm

There will be performances and a dragshow at the opening

On 15.6.2023 5pm there will be a workshop with Nat Schastnev (please register in advance online at education@queermuseumvienna.com )

Details of our programme and any changes www.queermuseumvienna.com  or https://www.instagram.com/queermuseumvienna__

How to collect and present the ever evolving, transgressive, uncomfortable, and troubling? How to present the missing and the lost? Who has the power and who has the right? Who decides what is legitimate? To understand the in-flux nature of trans* histories, subjugation, the resistance to heteronormativity and patriarchal domination we look at ways to challenge the scarcity of materials account for trans* lives and experiences. The exhibition and the various events (workshops, performances) present micronarratives of trans* representation while embarking upon a creative campaign to shine a light on some of the complexities of trans* living and experience in the eastern and southern parts of Europe.

In collaboration with the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art we are building a Trans*folk toy collection to expand trans*/queer representation through hybrid figuration and noise.

The program is devised by Budapest based curator Lívia Páldi and artivist and DIYer Nat Schastnev.

*inspired by Pronoun Showdown, poster and digital graphic, 2015. Courtesy Motha – Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art, source: https://www.motha.net/posters

Participating artists and artivists:

Aliza Orlan 

(Based in Bratislava, Slovakia).

site-specific installation with drawings, textile works and objects, 2023

All courtesy of the artist

Orlan’s work centers on fluidity of gender identity, self-care,. Her delicate drawings and self-sewn objects all interrelate in a wide spectrum of intangible and tender diversity in organic shapes and compositions.

”I strive to define my own identity” – she says – ”while blurring the boundaries between humans and nature.”

krëlex zentre: Ruthia Jenrbekova & Maria Vilkovisky (Based in Vienna)

krëlex zentre is an imaginary institution that speaks  on behalf of unclassified multitude of creatures, embodied and ghostly, representing translocal queer imaginaries which have not yet emerged and whose reality is always in question. It can be seen as an artwork in the genre of institutional constructivism – a phantom platform created in response to the local institutional deficiency. It is also an undercover signboard for the various activities of
Maria Vilkovisky and Ruthia Jenrbekova.        https://kreolex.center/

Stela Roxana Pascal (Based in Chișinău, Moldova)

STELA, Duration: 15 min 30 sec

Directed by Stela Roxana Pascal, 2022

Language: Romanian

Subtitles: English

STELA is a short autobiographic documentary film about a transgender woman from Moldova. Stela is inviting us to have a glimpse on her life, her daily struggles and achievements. HRT, social challenges, state bureaucracy, the coming out process,  the challenges of (un)acceptance are the key moments in Stela’s reflection on her life.

The winner of the 2022 Queer Voices film festival in Chisinau, Moldova, STELA is a debut work. A full-length film is currently in the making.

Courtesy the artist

Nika Pećarina (Based in Zagreb, Croatia)

Crvenoj, boji žarene zemlje To the Earthen Red, 2022

video 18’57”, installation with objects

Nika Pećarina lives in Zagreb where he works with audiovisual and performing arts, ceramics, poetry, and gastronomy. He takes notice of sex, thingness, and the transformation of matter, ie. the relation of work and the physical, followed by the distinctiveness and effects of media, measure, form, and the visible, delicacy, smoothness, and smallness.

To the Earthen Red is an experimental, ontological reflection on the nature and narratives of clay extraction that traces out the relation of landscape, object, and the senses. An epic poem meets pottery meets thermography meets the transformation of matter.

Nat Schastnev  (Based in Budapest, Hungary)

Nat Schastnev is a trans* artivist, garbage upcycler, a facilitator of community based projects, and an ignorant engineer of noise machines. 

Trans*folk toy collection is an upcycling toy making workshop, a space to phantasize and create together. From wooden cyborgs to noise making machines the future collection proposes an expanded way of trans*/queer representation through hybrid figuration and sound.

Lívia Páldi is a curator and art historian based in Budapest, Hungary. Her most recent exhibition project On Violence will be on view between 12 May and 30 July 2023 at the Budapest Gallery.


this exhibition is made possible by the funding and support of

The Austrian Ministry of Culture and Art

& the cultural commision of the 8th district in Vienna

how to reach us:

Queer Museum Vienna in the Volkskundemuseum Wien 

Laudongasse 15-19

1080 Wien

Public transport

Tram 5&33 Stop: LaudongasseBus 13A Stop Laudongasse