Organized and curated by Spanish artist and author Juan Vicente Aliaga, the exhibition Everywhere: Sexual Diversity and Policies in Art (En todas as partes) presents an overview of the representations and narratives of sexual diversity in art from the 1960s until today. Aliaga attemps to investigates the multiplicity of sexual expressions identified with the acronym LGTBQ (lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual and queer).
Starting in the sixties and seventies, a paradoxical time in which a clearer visibility of sexual diversity can be foreseen whilst many repressive laws were still enforced. The show flows through the eighties, a decade in which disinformation regarding AIDS incited homophobia and lack of respect towards sexual freedom. Work on view through the nineties until today, a highly contradictory context, with large legislative differences in between countries, but with a common thread, examines the persistant social suspicion towards heterodoxy, therefore bringing about the imposition of heterosexual relations as the model and the norm.
The show kicks off with work circa 1969, the year the gay liberation movement was organized as a result of the June protests in New York City outside the Stonewall Inn bar---regularly hounded, raided and repressed by members of the New York Police force (NYPD). Lesbians, transsexuals and transvestites, as well as homosexuals, took part in the physical confrontation.
The title of the exhibition, Everywhere: Sexual Diversity and Policies in Art (En todas as partes), refers to the fact that the images, representations, visual culture and the politics emanating from the selected pieces, come from several countries, different and distant amongst themselves. It also refers to human realities, wishes, behaviours, habits and ways of life extendable to the rest of the planet, regardless of skin colour, language, religion and ideology: sexual diversity is global.
In parallel to the exhibition, the CGAC will hold a three-day seminar (18 - 21 May) during which matters related to the exhibition's theme will be addressed. Experts, artists and activists such as Beatriz Preciado, Gracia Trujillo, Catherine Lord, Akram Zaatari, Sunil Gupta or Frank Wagner will introduce the public to: gender philosophies, gay and lesbian thought, transgender representations, feminisms and ideas preceding queer theory.
Participating artists include: Artists: Tariq Alvi, Xoán Anleo/Uqui Permui, Alexander Apóstol, Lyle Ashton Harris, Kutlug Ataman, Ron Athey, Charles Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Kaucyla Brooke, Bruce La Bruce, Tom Burr, Cabello/Carceller, Loren Cameron, Giuseppe Campuzano, Luciano Castelli, Tee A Corinne, Juan Davila, Dias & Riedweg, George Dureau, Nicole Eisenman, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, Tom of Finland, Samuel Fosso, Annette Frick, Carmela García, Gran Fury, Robert Gober, Hervé Guibert, Roberto González Fernández, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Grossman, Sunil Gupta, Barbara Hammer, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Ins A Kromminga, Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien, Zoe Leonard, Leonilson, Renate Lorenz & Pauline Boudry, LSD (Fefa Vila), Monica Majoli, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jesús Martínez Oliva, Pepe Miralles, Donald Moffet, Ocaña, Marcel Odenbach, Elisabeth Ohlson, Henrik Olesen, Catherine Opie, Ulrike Ottinger, Pablo Pérez Mínguez, Jack Pierson, fierce pussy, Pierre et Gilles, Mark Raidpere, Tejal Shah, Ahlam Shibli, Jack Smith, Annie Sprinkle, Wolfgang Tillmans, Herbert Tobias, Monika Treut, Vídeo-Nou, Azucena Vieites, Del LaGrace Volcano, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis, Akram Zaatari.
Juan Vicente Aliaga is the author of Bajo Vientre. Representaciones de la sexualidad en la cultura y el arte contemporáneos (1997) and Arte y cuestiones de género (2004).
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea Website
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