Queer, Feminist and Gender Political Art Initiatives in the Nordic & baltic Countries

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Queer, Feminist and Gender poitical art initiatives in the Nordic & baltic Countries: seminar & debate
Date: 20-06-2014
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Location: Warehouse9 – live art venue
Address: Halmtorvet 11C Copenhagen, Denmark 1711 Denmark
Organized by: Warehouse 9. This event is a part of the Nordic Performing Arts Days 2014.

Queer, Feminist and Gender political art initiatives in the Nordic & Baltic Countries.
Seminar & Debate hosted by members NBQAN – Nordic & Baltic Queer Art Network

With the NBQAN we want to make it possible for individuals, institutions and organizations who work with queer, feminist and gender political art to meet and establish a Scandinavian & Baltic context for their activities. At the seminar members from the network will show excerpts from their work and explain how they produce and present their work in their local cultural context and how it relates to other Nordic and Baltic countries. After the presentation there will be a debate about issue based art: where, how and why it is produced ? – and also if and why it should be shown in a larger context such as theatre & performance festivals, art exhibitions and general cultural programming ?

Jørgen Callesen (Denmark) – Moderator (Artistic Director – Warehouse9 / Performance Artist / Queer Activist)
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Adam Christensen (London) fine artist
Kirsten Astrup (Oslo / Copenhagen) visaual artist and performer
Juli Apponen (Finland/Sweden) performer, director, dancer, performance artist
Annu Kemppainen & Maru (Helsinki) producers/musicians/performers
Anna Stina Treumund (Estonia) visual artist
Rebeka Põldsam (Estonia) curator (not present, but her project will be presented by the moderator)

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Princess Diaries by Anna-Stina Treumund


Princess Diaries: In The Corner, 2008 from Anna-Stina Treumund on Vimeo.

Diary Of a Princess, a Two-sided Installation

On one side is the video ‘In the Corner’: a girl (the artist), who is standing in a corner and is giving a list of things she is not allowed to do and of things she is supposed to do:

I have to graduate successfully.
I have to earn some money.
I have to participate at least in three art project in a year.
I have to take care of my looks.
I have to give birth at least to one child.

I am not allowed to be weak.
I am not allowed to dream.
I am not allowed to be afraid.
I can not cry too much.
I can not be too critical.

… all cliches taken from everyday life, rules that are aggressively cultivated by male dictated heteronormative society.

At the same time there is a video running on the other side of the screen where the same girl is trying to entwine a pigtail but constantly failing in it.

The screen is semi-transparent so the videos melt together.

Video installation by Anna-Stina Treumund has been exhibited at the solo show You, Me and Everybody We Do Not Know and in Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, (2010), curator Rael Artel.

About Anna-Stina Treumund

Anna-Stina Treumund is a young artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. She is doing her doctoral studies in the Estonian Academy of Arts about queering heteronormative culture. Anna-Stina uses photography and video as medium for expressing her thoughts and ideas about the visibility of queer women and feminism. She is one of the first self-identified lesbian artists in Estonia. In her solo exhibition Me, You and Everyone We Don’t Know (2010) she deconstructs stereotypical images of a lesbian women and gives society some ideas about how to see the world from her viewpoint.

Documentation – O’Less Festival’s Photography Exhibition

Installation view. O'Less Festivals' Photography Exhibition, 2012.

The O’Less Festival’s photography exhibition in Poland earlier this year presented works by: Margareth Knoll, Bozena Magnucka, Marta Kochanek, Human Nature, Sillen, Beata Borys Kosc, Booojka, Alicja Sikora, Joanna Knoll, Barbara Gibson, Goodyn Green, Anna-Stina Treumund, Camilla Storgaard and Grzegorz Banaszak.

Curator: Barbara Gibson.

Installation view photos courtesy of Marta Kochanek.

Barbara Gibson and Marta Kochanek
Installation view. O'Less Festivals' Photography Exhibition, 2012.
Installation view. O'Less Festivals' Photography Exhibition, 2012.
Installation view. O'Less Festivals' Photography Exhibition, 2012.

Emerging Artist Anna-Stina Treumund

Photo by Anna-Stina Treumund 2011

Photo by Anna-Stina Treumund 2011

Group Exhibition: Lost in Transition
Project Series: Your Periphery Is My Center
Exhibition Venue: EKKM, North Avenue 35, Tallinn, Estonia
Exhibition Date: July 22 – August 28 2011
Opening: July 22 at  18:00
Curator: Rael Artel (Pärnu)

Participating artists:  Arnis Balcus (Riga),  Alexei Gordin (Tallinn), Anna-Stina Treumund (Tallinn),  Flo Kasearu (Tallinn), Ivan Jurica (Bratislava / Vienna), Katarina Sevic & Gergely Laszlo (Budapest), Katarina Zdjelar (Belgrade / Rotterdam), Zampa di Leone, Wojtek Doroszuk (Krakow / Rouen),

Curator Rael Artel explains: “Through the Your Periphery Is My Center project series I wish to focus on the former Eastern Europe and its neighboring regions, in order to examine diverse aspects of social reality which intrigue artists as well. The project is imagined as a framework to explore, map and present the contemporary artistic positions that take a critical stance towards the social, political and cultural surroundings generated during the last two decades after the fall of the Wall. One has to admit that struggles concerning territories and identities continue to keep artists busy and productive.

Consisting of presentations of contemporary art in the form of exhibitions, screenings, publications and performances, the project’s focus is on the artists, the majority of which could be identified as young or emerging artists who are operating mostly outside of the dominant institutional frameworks and commercial market structures.”

Anna-Stina Treumund
One of the emerging artists is Anna-Stina Treumund, visual artist and queer woman. Anna-Stina (born in 1982) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She received her MFA from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2010. Anna-Stina uses photography and video as medium for expressing her thoughts and ideas about the visibility of lesbian women and feminism. She is one of the first artists in Estonia, who is a self-identified lesbian and has explicated the role and position of this marginal group in Estonian society through her work. In her most significant personal exhibition “Me, You and Everybody We Do Not Know” (2010) she deconstructed stereotypical images of a lesbian women and gave society some ideas about how to see the world from her viewpoint.

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Anna-Stina Treumund’s webgallery

Photos From The Opening Reception of the Queer Art show ‘Family’

During the Baltic Pride 2011 you could visit a queer art show titled ’Family’ at MÄRZ project space in Tallinn, Estonia. ‘Family’ is curated by Jaanus Samma and Anna-Stina Treumund. Anna-Stina has send me photos from the opening of ‘Family’.

The opening reception of the queer art show 'Family' in Tallinn, June 2011

The opening reception of the queer art show ‘Family’ in Tallinn, June 2011

Installation view form the queer art show 'Family', Tallin, Estonia June 2011

Installation view form the queer art show ‘Family’, Tallin, Estonia June 2011

Installation view form the queer art show 'Family', Tallin, Estonia June 2011

Installation view form the queer art show ‘Family’, Tallin, Estonia June 2011

Queer artist Mare Tralla opens the queer art show 'Family' on June 7, 2011

Queer artist Mare Tralla opens the queer art show ‘Family’ on June 7, 2011. From left: Anna-Stina Treumund (co-curator of Family) and Jaanus Samma (co-curator of Family), Helen Talalev and visual artist Mare Tralla.  

Group portrait from the opening reception of 'Family', a queer art show, Tallin, Estonia

Group portrait from the opening reception of ‘Family’, a queer art show, Tallin, Estonia. From left: Airi Triisberg (co-curator of the exhibition Untold Stories, Tallin, May 2011), Jaanus Samma & Anna-Stina Treumund (the curators of Family) and Anna-Stina’s girlfriend Paula (above right).

Guests at the entrance of the März exhibition space, where the exhibition 'Family' was presented June 6-12, 2011

Opening reception: Guests and curators at the entrance of the März exhibition space, where the exhibition ‘Family’ was presented June 6-12, 2011

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