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London Exhibition 2017

About Talking GENDERS London Exhibition:


Talking GENDERS Exhibition part of 'And What? Queer Arts Festival' queers the white walls of the Archive Gallery in the former Hackney Archive vault with multi media art works that platforms the diverse perspectives of 13 young LGBTQIA+ Artists (16-26 yrs) . The exhibition features photography, video and sound installation, drag performance, live art and durational performance works.

This interdisciplinary art work has been conceived in a three week intensive artistic development programme where the recruited young artists have formed a queer artistic community that was in residence at IKLECTIK Art Space in the heart of London this summer. The intensive programme consisted of workshops by prominent artists Travis Alabanza, Laura Hemming Lowe, Nicola Hunter, Lucy McCormick, Rachel Cherry and with artistic mentoring by Andreas Constantinou and Dagmara Bilon.

The young artists engaged in social reflection, artistic dialogue and new ways of thinking to express and merge their perspectives on gender, sexuality and identity into works of art. Collaborative process touched on the themes of body, home and identity, vulnerability, DIY resources to create autobiographical works, self care, creation of queer testimonies and queer narratives, re-purposing pop culture, failure as a process of devising and the gaze as a political medium.

Themes explored in the exhibition are rural queerness & virginity, gay plants, feral femininity & brutality of beauty rituals, intersection between trans identity & sex work, androgyny, intersection of race & sexual politics, transmasc & the forbidden fruit, sexual confusion and queer city euphoria.

This exhibition aims to give visibility to diverse perspectives of young LGBTQIA+ Artists living in today’s society and to be an empowering space to both artists and spectators.

Talking Genders is an international initiative conducted by Himherandit Productions and is part of a 6 year performance project titled ‘The GENDERHouse’. Ignited in 2013, ‘The GENDERhouse’ aims to give voice to the marginalized and promote diversity, while challenging and questioning our attitudes towards modern day genders. It consists of different professional touring performances, community projects and laboratories that map out progressive thematic content of gender.

Talking GENDERS is part of a community artistic programme of the The GENDERhouse. Its debut took place in Denmark (2016), followed by France at the 'Le Manifest Festival' (2017). Talking Genders UK is the third edition of this project and is co-produced with ‘And What? Queer Arts Festival’ London.

Talking Genders Exhibition times:

Opening Night: Friday 6th October 6-10pm (exhibition & live performance)
Daily Exhibition: Saturday 7th - Tuesday 10th October 11-6pm (exhibition)

Talking Gender UK Artists:

Chaz Howkins, Kay Cameron, Nick Finegan, Daisy Beaumont, David Ronan, David Hanagan, Noe Warren, Nomi Farhi, Colin Lievens, Mark Ng, Tone Haldrup Lorenzen, Caroline Desmet, Daniel Forster

Guest Artists: Travis Alabanza, Laura Hemming Lowe, Nicola Hunter, Rachel Cherry

Artist Mentors: Andreas Constantinou & Dagmara Bilon

Exhibition Technician: Van De Michelis, Brenno Balbino

This project is fully funded by Arts Council England and The Danish Arts Council.



And What? Queer Arts Festival, London, UK

BORA BORA - dans og visuelt teater, Aarhus, Denmark

Danseværket, Aarhus, Denmark

Statens Kunstråd (The Danish Arts Council)

Aarhus Kommune (Aarhus Arts Council)

Arts Council England

Above: Video about the Talking GENDERS Project.

Above: Talking GENDERS Exhibition 2017, Photographic installation by artist David Hanagan.

Above: Talking GENDERS Exhibition 2016, Photographic installation by artist Rosa Carmel Vrij, Venue: Bora Bora - dans og visuelt teater, Aarhus, Denmark

Above: Talking GENDERS Exhibition 2016, Performance installation by artist Eik Leknesund Elnes. Venue: Bora Bora - dans og visuelt teater, Aarhus, Denmark

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