We are calling artists of all disciplines to exhibit their work in a show titled Building a Table that centers on queer feminist themes. In particular: on queer food and beverages. From the beginning of May to the end of June culinary, activist, discursive and performative happenings will be organized within the stationary exhibition. Engaging in an open dialogue with the works on display, workshops, dinners and tours will be offered, also drawing connections between the three sites.
In the spirit of We are here and we are queer we want to propose an affirmative and confirmative approach to the collective writing of queer her-, their- and history, present and future. Locating ourselves at the intersection of sociology, food and art with the prospect of gathering underrepresented positions and marginalized narratives at this figurative table that we are about to build.
Explicitly addressed are queers, feminists, BPoC, trans and nonbinary identities, their allies as well as future allies. We want to invite a diversity of identities beyond the heteronormative mainstream. Queer art is allowing for a wide range of artistic articulation that is fully at home in clubs, backrooms of cafés, bedrooms and the internet and which is not directed at the capitalist art market.
Within this context the term ‘queer’ and the beauty of its open interpretation, not yet fully laid down as a fixed term, can inspire a vibe of love, resistance and inclusion. It has the potential to foster a feeling of community formed by peers, hereby creating a space of “we”
The goal is to support an exchange of knowledge, recipes and experiences, at best to create a sustainable network and merging between already existing bubbles. Questioning heteronormative power relations by working together can enable a shift in the sociopolitical situation and subsequently bring about radical change that is essential for actual queer liberation. Also, exposure and financial support for participating cultural workers are vital to the concept.
The exhibition and its events will occur in the venues of Lazy Life, which has a backstory of three years of functioning as an art space, cultural center and café, oscillating between hands on activism and room for leisure and celebration, Fabrikraum Kunstverein, which is a non profit project space for Contemporary & New Media Art and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
We will also be giving guests and visitors the opportunity to see the exhibition during regular opening hours in addition to the collateral events.
Applicants should send a short biography, three - four images of latest artworks, a short statement about or description of the proposed artwork and link of the website if they have one firstname.lastname@example.org