Vereinigung Bildender Künstler*innen Österreichs VBKÖ (Web)
Rituals of Queer Relatedness (Web)
Time: 10.11.2023, 14.00-22.00
Venue: VBKÖ, Maysederg. 2/28 (4. Stock, Lift), 1010 Wien
Rituals of Queer Relatedness is an one-day exhibition with an evening event. It is a meeting point of two diasporic queer-feminist artists, Masha Godovannaya and Polina Zaslavskaya. It traces their continuous cross-conversation about migration and refuge, fleeting hybrid identities of being the Other and being with the Others. It’s a conversation about alienation and non\belonging – in another country or in its own context, strategies of survival and bashing back social death. It’s a reflection on one’s own corporeal experience of migrating from art/cinema traditions to multiple aesthetic elsewheres, and about processes of documenting and working with queer evidence.
It’s a space where the impulse of inquiry into queer aesthetics and the potentiality of queer diasporic practices is ephemerally grasped and performed. How to talk about pain and losses? How to talk about continuous displacement and uprootedness? In Masha Godovannaya’s and Polina Zaslavskaya’s case, the rituality of artistic engagement with each other is one way to proceed. And this invitation – to participate in a ritual of relatedness for one evening – is extended to others: to join, share, and affectively labor for one another. The exhibition will be open on Nov. 10 from 2 pm till 10 pm. The evening will consist of a performative guided tour through the show; a screening of Masha Godovannaya’s feature film „Countryless and Queer“ (2020), a poetic video essay about non-privilege queer migration in Vienna, and a conversation between two artists and the audience.
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