#TheGalleryProject

Queer as in challenging heteronormativity

#TheGalleryProject presents selected drawings, prints, photographs, comics, collages and installations by 47 queer artists from 27 countries in different locations worldwide.

Rurru Mipanochia’s drawings, sweet and colorful at first glance, reveal insights into the pre-colonial landscape of gender in Mexico. Duo Tim and Candra cope with the varying obstacles and desires of a cis and a trans woman in Indonesia in their almost eerie three-color photos. Ihar Paulau’s work ‘Flower Scars’ relates the human body to patterns found in nature, displaying a cultivated sense of intimacy and vulnerability. In his comics, Umba from St. Petersburg depicts amusing scenes from the everyday life of a trans man. Giegold & Weiß from Berlin use their installation ‘Lachanschlag’ to laugh at the tireless discrimination in institutions, government and otherwise.

#TheGalleryProject invites you to engage with the diverse realities presented in these and quite a few other works, some of which you can find in this catalog. The collection is distinctive in its absence of a unifying theme: each work reflects a unique perspective and as a whole, refuses to present a standardized narrative. Rather, it becomes clear that being queer means something different to each artist, whether sexually, politically, or aesthetically. Each artist represented in the exhibition has developed their own strategies for coping with their lived realities and addressing (or not addressing) them in their art. The works display sex, fragility, anger, courage, hope, nihilism, strength, fear, and beauty.

Offline exhibitions have taken place in Tallinn (Estonia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Podgorica (Montenegro) and Prague (Czech Republic) in 2017. In 2018 there was an exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

Exhibitions

Exhibition N° 5 – BERLIN, GERMANY

24.03. – 06.04.2018 open every day
Where? ReTramp, Reuterstrasse 62, 12047 Berlin
For two weeks beginning on March 24th 2018, Transnational Queer Underground presents drawings, prints, photographs, comics, collages and installations by 47 queer artists from 27 countries.

Exhibition N° 5 – workshops

These workshops are part of Exhibition N° 5 of #TheGalleryProject. When? The exhibition is open every day from 12pm to 7pm. The workshops are on the 30th and 31st of March. Where? ReTramp, Reuterstrasse 62, 12047 Berlin What else? There will also be an opening, easter...

Exhibition N° 5 – Special Events

24.03.2018 19h Opening mit Sektempfang + Djs
01.04.2018 12h Easter Brunch with performance by Melanie Menard + concert by Ignatz Höch + DJ set with yours truly very serious and sid precious
06.04.2018 19h Finissage concert by Nansea and more music by DJaaane

EXHIBITION N°4 – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

01.-30.11.2017 open every day from 3pm
Where? Patra, Krymská 17, Prague, Czech Republic 10100
Opening: 01.11.2017 – 7pm at Patra

Exhibition N°2 – Sofia, Bulgaria

09.06.-.18.06.2017 open every day from 11am
Where? Yalta club Art Room, Бул. Цар Освободител 20, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Opening:  09.06.17 7pm-9pm

Exhibition N°3 – Podgorica, Montenegro

20.-24.09.2017 open every day
Where? Biro, Prve bokeške brigade 10, and Centreville Hotel Lobby, Cetinjska 7, The Capital Plaza, Podgorica, Montenegro
Opening: 20.09.2017 7pm @Biro

Exhibition N°1 – Tallinn, Estonia

10.03.-24.03.2017 open every day 12pm – 6pm
Where? Raamatupood Puänt, Pärnu mnt 4, Tallinn, Estonia
Opening:  10.03.2017 at 7pm

Background

#TheGalleryProject started in the summer of 2016. Transnational Queer Underground had already existed for seven years, but was more or less a small website where me and a few friends had published a couple of articles and interviews as well as some links, contacts and resources about queer culture I had collected over the years. I had a weekly radio show and wrote and spoke about queer music and theory academically, so there was quite a bit of information that had accumulated over the years.

But I had always dreamed for TQU to involve more people; to actually get people from all parts of the world together. At that point I had no network to speak of, no money personally and none to spend on the project. But I was sure that there had to be a way to make it work.

Up until that point my main (sub)cultural focus had been on music. It’s what got me out of suburban life in Hamburg, it’s what gave me hopes and dreams and most of the wonderful connections with people I had made until then. I wrote about it, I talked about it, I played it and I made a lot of people dance at Soli-Parties all over Germany.

I guess I just wanted something else.

So I came up with the idea of #TheGalleryProject, where I invited people to show their artwork on TQU. They were asked to send in 5-12 pictures of their visual artwork and write a short bio and a couple of lines about their work. I spent days and nights researching art schools, contacting people on Etsy, finding Facebook groups and blogs where I could share the call. In the end, there were
almost 60 artist pages online, and even before the call ended in December 2017, I’d been invited to show the works in Tallinn, Estonia at the Ladyfest.

So after inviting the artists to take part in a series of physical exhibitions, I kickstarted the production of the exhibition with 45 artists and 90 artworks. And in the first year we showed the exhibition in Estonia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Czech Republic.

During this time, Transnational Queer Underground had also grown as a platform. The site started getting press coverage, and the attention keeps growing on a daily basis. People can still share their artwork, but also other projects on PROPSLIST, we’re a registered NGO (e.V.) in Germany and people can join TQU’s Star Club to become a part of a great network of artists and activists that supports and collaborates.

And I’m excited for a lot more to come.

Artists

Abhishek Chaudhary

Abhishek Chaudhary

What? Photography
Where? Czech Republic || Germany || India
The presented body of work, collectively titled ‘Now You Can Go Home’ is an ongoing photographic project […]

Alex Giegold

Alex Giegold

What? Photography
Where? Germany
Alex Giegold is a queer photographer and artist resident in Berlin. With her work she is questioning […]

Alex Highet

Alex Highet

What? Collages
Where? Northern Ireland || Scotland || Germany
This collection “uppercut/papercut – title withheld” of collages is presented without the title of the piece […]

Ambika Thompson

Ambika Thompson

What? Photography
Where? Germany || Canada
I only started really getting into photography when I moved to Berlin. For a few years I only […]

Aneta Willertová

Aneta Willertová

What? Mixed media
Where? Czech Republic
I’ve put on a preview of some of my works that are somehow related to tqu’s topics. […]

Avital Yomdin

Avital Yomdin

WHAT? Painting
WHERE? Israel || GERMANY
Avital Yomdin moved to Berlin from Tel Aviv six years ago. (Two locations of infamous boarders.) Realising quickly Tel Aviv […]

Axthrospectiv

Axthrospectiv

What? Photography
Where? Singapore || Germany
Axthropix is an Instagramer that frames what may be mundane and banal to many, but seeks to show you the beauty it […]

Dana Krusche

Dana Krusche

What? Drawing, Illustration
Where? Germany
For almost 10 years I put on DIY concerts with a focus on queer/feminist artists in Berlin as La Moustache […]

Deborah Schmidt

Deborah Schmidt

What? Paintings
Where? Germany
Bodies are products of social norms, inherent in power and hierarchies, economic relations, body politics […]

Dion Hitchings

Dion Hitchings

What? Mixed media art
Where? USA
I purposely choose to use untraditional media. I create my works with various children’s art supplies […]

Felix d’Eon

Felix d’Eon

What? Drawings
Where? Mexico || USA
D’Eon treats vintage illustrative styles as a rhetorical strategy, using their language of romance, economic power […]

What others say

“The TQU workshop and exhibition in Tallinn was an eye-opening way of seeing new art (some of it from artists who had never exhibited in a gallery before or who used pseudonyms to avoid persecution in their home countries), imagining queer utopias, and understanding the diverse realities of queer and trans people around the world, especially in non-western settings. The first piece that caught my eye because of its pretty colors ended up being a memorial to the Armenian genocide, which was very bittersweet,” said one visitor at the last exhibition in Tallinn, Estonia this March.
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„Ben Miller talks with Verena Spilker about a Berlin-based project that raises questions about how to create more inclusive archives and how communities can form through art.“
from Pelican Bomb

„In times when LGBTQ people are still being persecuted and even murdered as reported in Chechnya, forming a strong alliance and a platform for self-expression and is as important as ever. The art world seems to have finally woken up from its political slumber and yet queer people of colour are still severely underrepresented in the international art discourse. And while queer artists from numerous countries are creating works that are aimed at evoking a sense of unity, pride and resistance on a daily basis, their voices often remain unheard. Transnational Queer Underground is a platform that was founded to tackle precisely this.“
from Sleek Magazine

„#TheGalleryProject is a transnational repository of queer art open to everyone. Collages, comics, paintings, photographs, performances and installations –among other formats– participate in such an open project that seeks to question Western ethnocentrism within the arts. #TheGalleryProject is part of TQU –Transnational Queer Underground–, whose main aim is to rewrite the narrations of history dominated by white men.“
from FELGTB

And you can also listen to a podcast on NoStrings Nigeria: https://nostringsng.com/podcast-german-journalist-talks-collecting-queer-art-nostrings/