On Friday evning from 19.00 onwards at xhibit, the exhibition rooms of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, will be hosting the opening of an exhibition as part of the project Dildo Anus Macht: Queere Abstraktion.
Project leaders and ymposium concept: Hans Scheirl, Ruby Sircar
Exhibition curators: Christiane Erharter, Dietmar Schwärzler
About the project:
The concept "queer" is meanwhile omnipresent and lives from its immanently constructed complexity. What exactly is meant by it remains therefore often unspecific and depends on the users and context. The exhibition project takes as a starting point a definition posited by Judith Halberstam: "queer refers to nonnormative logics and organizations of community, sexual identity, embodiment, and activity in space and time." The exhibition title Rosa Arbeit auf Goldener Straße makes reference to an earlier, disarming short film by Rosa von Praunheim: In Rosa Arbeiter auf Goldener Straße II (1968), a young woman flees from the (former) East block to the West and finds shelter in the bourgeois art milieu. This transgression, also intended in a political sense, is the motif of the exhibition, which also includes works from artists of post-socialist countries. There is still a dominant idea that these countries' queer art production lacks visibility.
The project Dildo Anus Macht: Queere Abstraktion, along with the exhibition Rosa Arbeit auf Goldener Straße, also includes a four-day symposium (22 - 25 November 2012) on the theme of queerness in everyday life and work. Questions on gender relations and difference will be negotiated, as well as questions of post-pornographic and post-colonial content, within the background of material and artistic necessities. Judith/Jack Halberstam, Nikita Dhawan, Tim Stüttgen, Eliza Steinbock, Antke Engel, Gini/i Müller, Maria Llopis, Sushila Mesquita, among others, have been invited as speakers and workshop leaders.