Sweden: Queer Art Show And Queer Art Seminars In Umeå

Lost and Found - Queerrying the Archive:
January 31 – April 25, 2010
at Bildmuseet, Umeå university, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Opening reception: January 31, 2010 at 14:00
This international group exhibition was first presented by Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, 2009.

Film still from Cecilia Barriga's 'Meeting of Two Queens'

Installation view of ‘Meeting of Two Queens’ by Cecilia Barriga, Nikolaj, Copenhagen 2009. Photo by Feminine Moments

The Lost and Found – Queerying Archive show, which is curated by Jane Rowley and Louise Wolthers, raises questions about how we can create an archive of the private memories of gender, love and sexuality that have been erased by official archives and excluded from the writing of history? How do we record and store feelings and intimacy? Lost and Found presented a series of spectacular, thought-provoking works addressing these issues through artistic visions of histories compiled and performed from a queer perspective.

The show features works of art by queer female artists Kimberly Austin, Cecilia Barriga, Mary Coble, Aleesa Cohene, Tejal Shah, Heidi Lunabba, and queer male artists Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Conny Karlsson, Al Masson, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Flemming Rolighed, Ingo Taubhorn. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with perspectives on queer art, the archive and activism by Jane Rowley & Louise Wolthers, Mathias Danbolt, Ann Cvetkovich, Joe Brainard and Heather Love.

Queer Art Seminars
Along side the Lost and Found Queerying Archive show the Bildmuseet and Umeå centrum för genusstudier (centre of gender studies) organize a couple of queer seminars, where you can meet some of the artist.

Seminar: Queer In Theory And Practice
Bildmuseet, Umeå Saturday January 30, 2010, 13:00 – 17:00
Lesbian artists Mary Coble, USA, Tejal Shah, India and trans artist Conny Karlsson, Sweeden will present their art works.
Mallin Rönnblom from Umeå University will give an introduction to the queer theory and curators Jane Rowley and Louise Wolthers will talk about the exhibition.

Seminar: Queerying The Archive
Bildmuseet, Umeå Saturday April 24, 2010, 13:00 – 17:00
Queer artists Cecilia Barriga, Aleesa Cohene and queer male artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsey will present their works of art.
And there will be talks by Dr Gavin Butt, University of London and Ulrika Dahl, Sweden,  co-author of the book ‘Femmes of power – exploding queer femininities’.

Film still from Cecilia Barriga's Meeting of Two Queens   Film still from Cecilia Barriga's Meeting of Two Queens, 1991

Installation view of ‘Meeting of Two Queens’ by Cecilia Barriga. Photo by Feminine Moments

Lost and Found – Queerying the Archive – Now in Copenhagen

Lost and found – Queerying the Archive, an international exhibition of queer art curated by Jane Rowley & Louise Wolthers. It is an exibition with film, installation art and photography private memories and experiences that surpass the usual barriers of gender and sexuality. The exhibition is about how history is written or told and what is not told…. Lost and Found presents a series of spectacular, thought-provoking works that address these questions through artistic visions of histories compiled and performed from queer perspectives. You can see the exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, this summer – until August 2, 2009.

Artists of Lost and Found:

Elmgreen & Dragset (DK/NO), Mary Coble (US), Ingo Taubhorn (DE), Tejal Shah (IN), Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (CA), Conny Karlsson (SE), Flemming Rolighed (DK), Aleesa Cohene (CA), Kimberly Austin (US), Cecilia Barriga (CL) and Heidi Lunabba (FI), Al Masson (FR/DK).

Lost and Found is Denmark as a part of this summers pride and queer sports events in Copenhagen.

Place: Nikolaj, Copenhagen Center of Contemporary Art, Nikolaj Plads 10, Copenhagen, Denmark. Time: Tues-Sun, 12.00 – 19.00, Thurs: 12.00 – 21.00

Heidi Lunabba’s Beard Salon

On the weekend of July 25th & 26th passing women (and men) can visit the Finnish artist Heidi Lunabba’s outdoor Barber Salon, choose their own personalised beard, and experience a temporary gender and identity transformation.

Place: Nikolaj, Copenhagen Center of Contemporary Art, Nikolaj Plads 10, Copenhagen.
Time: Sat 25th & Sun 26th of July, 11.00 – 16.00

Related links

American artist Mary Coble’s website
Canadian video artist Aleesa Cohene’s website
Finnish artist Heidi Lunabba’s website