All the Cunning Stunts, Jay Bernard, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Alberto García del Castillo m/ Steev Lemercier & César Segarra, Angelica Falkeling, Hannah James, Alex Mawimbi, Floriane Misslin, Olle Lundin, Rory Pilgrim, Julius Thissen, Geo Wyeth

The LGBTQ+ community’s spirited history of activism and struggle for justice and recognition builds on feminism and civil rights movements. The radical survival strategies of the 1980s and ’90s have given way to playful self-representation and lifestyles that do not conform to prevailing standards. New technologies and digital platforms are playing an important role within this trajectory, with members of LGBT+ groups often engaging via online platforms such as YouTube and Instagram. At the same time, queer representations – once expressions of resistance or intended to claim space and visibility – are increasingly appropriated by mainstream culture and marketing strategies.

The artists in this exhibition deliberate on LGBTQ+ bodies and communities within society, online, and in popular culture. They are interested in embodying difference, questioning oppressive gender roles, and reclaiming queer words and images as a tool for change. As such, the personal and political are often connected. For example, together with members of Rotterdam’s LGBTQ+ community, Rory Pilgrim develops a new work addressing the need for a recognisable meeting point to be used in times of need and celebration. All the Cunning Stunts present a monumental wall work in a playful low-tech Photoshop style, that questions idealised and archetypical representations of queer bodies and relationships, taking queer stock-imagery as its starting point. Olle Lundin makes a new interactive work researching the queer community’s use of hashtags in online environments. . Floriane Misslin’s polyptych uncovers strategies and values behind gender-free identities in contemporary fashion. Video installations by Hannah James and Julius Thissen both critique the oppressive gender constructs around femininity and masculinity. Geo Wyeth presents Juice CrosxxxSing, a performance and installation that develops around the figure of the crossing guard. Alberto García del Castillo and Steev Lemercier sing and read from Merman, a queer travelogue written by Alberto García del Castillo. Angelica Falkeling invites the audience into a TV set, permeated with lo-fi queer kitsch, whose recordings assure upbeat failure.

Friday 22 September, 19.30 hrs  Geo Wyeth, Juice CrosxxxSing
Friday 29 September, 19.30 hrs  Alberto García del Castillo w/ Steev Lemercier, Merman
Friday 6 October , 19.30 hrs Angelica Falkeling, Repair
Friday 27 October, 19:00 hrs Rory Pilgrim, Holographic Futures

Rory Pilgrim’s new work is generously supported by the programme BKOR (Beeldende Kunst en Openbare Ruimte) of CBK Rotterdam.