An art exhibition exploring queer visibilities and invisibilities through drawings, comics, installations, videos, embroidery, and zines. The artworks selected unearth power dynamics, pleasures, and desires involved in queer in_visibilities, and the diverse ways they manifest in different contexts. The organizers of Close[t] Demonstrations chose a title that playfully introduces and signals elements of transparency, publicness, opacity, invisibility and visibility and their liminalities. Closets and the communities they hold, being public and demonstrating for equality, even monsters, are all contained by the title.
The exhibition showcases artworks by 18 artists from Київ, Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg, Helsinki, Athens, Erzurum, Dhaka, Dnipro, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Oaxaca, Almaty and London. The Close[t] Demonstrations exhibition space and catalogue are in some combination of Arabic, Austrian sign language, Bangla, Bashkir, Belarusian, Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Cypriot Turkish, East Frisian, English, Fante, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, IsiXhosa, Kurdish, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tatar, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
The exhibition program includes guided tours in German with interpreting into Austrian sign language, English, Ukrainian, Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian and Russian. Moreover, the visitors can participate in performances by Pêdra Costa, a workshop on creative writing through multiple discriminations with Masha Beketova and Syrine Boukadida, a lecture on the relationship between visual and political representation by Elahe Haschemi Yekani and discussions on the conditions of (im)possibility for art creation with Syaivo and Lesia Pahulich and on the optics of queer migration with Tegiye Birey, Ewa Maczynska, Têkoşîn and Afro Rainbow Austria. The full program and schedule will be available on the exhibition webpage.
A project by Anna T.