Arts and Culture

Exhibition in Istanbul: "Future Queer"

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

“Future Queer" exhibition starts on 26 December in İstanbul ARK Culture.

Kaos GL Association organizes special exhibition for Kaos GL’s 20’s foundation anniversary. Exhibition will be opened from December 26 to February 7.

Kaos GL, calling the exhibition as follows:

Curator: Övül Durmuşoğlu 

Assistant Curator: Aylime Aslı Demir

The artists:  Ahmet Öğüt, Alper Şen & Özge Çelikaslan, Canan, Erdem Taşdelen, Erinç Seymen, Fulya Çetin, Gökçen Cabadan, Gözde İlkin, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Melanie Bonajo, Metehan Özcan, Nilbar Güreş, Oktay İnce, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Susanne M. Winterling, 

Exhibition dates are between December 26, 2015 and February 1, 2016.

 “How is our future imagination? And what kind of present, vital to build this future?

What is it indeed that we expect to happen in this life? Autonomy, equality, visibility, capable of loving fearlessly and of feeling free to desire, imagining another possible future. Any element within LGBTİ culture could be simply normalized today as a marketing and branding instrument in the system where we live. Fighting for living together could be easily reduced to social acceptability matter through societal norms on the other hand. That is why it is necessary being able to imagine a habitable life without excluding the ones, with which we have struggled together so far. Without ignoring the norms having mediated between us, but thinking over them again and going beyond them.  

Because we are ‘not yet queer’. Thus, we cannot be normalized via that place that we haven’t arrived in. What we necessitate is to evoke things beyond merely acting as individuals, exposed by the capitalistic vision. As the recently deceased theoretician/thinker José Esteban Muñoz says, queerness is that thing letting us feel this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing. It is the longing, carrying us away beyond negative romances and stickiness to the present. If queerness means imagining another future now in the present, then we should make today more habitable according to this imagined future.  What we need is a common breathing space. When we breathe together, we could imagine together. When we breathe together, we could see other possibilities. Future social bonds could be repositioned through a queer aesthetics. 

In order to provide a common space for breathing together did begin everything with home meetings. And now we organize a home-exhibition, celebrating KAOS GL’s 20th foundation anniversary, to recall and expand these reclaimed breathing spaces. We intend to gather the works of art by the artists, who shared them before with KAOS GL magazine, and the movement’s archive together; and hence, create a new space. Then, we would like to share this environment with others by means of various courses and workshops.

*All the events took place with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Royal Norwegian Embassy.

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