Here We LTTR: 2002–2008

Exhibition: Here We LTTR: 2002–2008
Dates: May 23 – September 27, 2015
Venue: Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, Sweden

‘A border-crossing approach that is characteristic for queer feminism, a feministic movement that is not so easy to define.’ This exhibition brings together the archives of LTTR, a feminist, genderqueer artist collective, originally based in New York in the 2000s. The collective – whose acronym LTTR can be read in various ways, including Lesbians To The Rescue, Listen Translate Translate Record, Lesbians Tend To Read and Lacan Teaches To Repeat – catalysed a vibrant queer community through collaboration, discourse, journal making and distribution. The collective’s groundbreaking work, including the five issues of the journal, as well as photographs and other documentation of its social energy, is being exhibited for the first time at Tensta Konsthall, where local and international guests connected to LTTR and queer art, activism, and research, will guide a series of walk-throughs.

FRANK and Emily Roysdon – A Queer Feminist Arts Conversation

at Tensta Konsthall
Thursday August 6, 2015 at 19:00 hrs.

FRANK is an Oslo-based platform run by the artists Liv Bugge and Sille Storihle since 2012. The event at Tensta konsthall takes as its starting point FRANK’s project Conversations, a series of dialogues and interviews distributed online. It continues the platform’s work on generating space for exchanges and discussions on the politics of art, gender, sexuality, and racialization.

The conversation between FRANK and Emily Roysdon, LTTR, will focus on the aspirations, conditions, shapes, and methods of working with art and politics from a feminist genderqueer perspective. The event will mark the meeting of three queer feminist production sites: LTTR journal (2002-), the Nordic journal Trikster (2008-2010), and FRANK Conversations (2015-). The conversation between Emily Roysdon, Liv Bugge, Mathias Danbolt, and Sille Storihle will cover queer art and politics at different times in different geopolitical climates.

Ulrike Mueller – Artist Talk, 2007

Artist Talk: Queer artist Ulrike Müller with Roger Conover, Executive Editor at MIT Press. Published by MIT TechTV, March 19, 2007

About Ulrike Müller

Ulrike Müller is an artist, who has created a feminist, theoretical, and activist body of work that situates art making as a means to (en)action, communication, and community making. From 2005 to 2007, along with K8 Hardy, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Emily Roysdon, Müller co-edited the journal LTTR – a gender queer collaborative artists cooperative that aimed at updating the feminism of the 1970s in a wide range of new genres and forms of expression. Austria-born Ulrike Müller is currently based in New York.

“Ulrike Müller’s practice investigates form as a mode of critical engagement. Employing a wide range of materials and techniques, from text to audio and video, performance, publishing, and, most recently, intimately scaled drawings and paintings, it moves between different contexts and publics, invites collaboration, and expands to other realms of production in processes of exploration and exchange.” – Barbara Schröder, DF Press, New York, 2012

Future Generation Art Prize 2012 – Emily Roysdon

Future Generation Art Prize 2012 – Emily Roysdon, United States. Published on 3 Dec 2012.

About Emily Roysdon

Future Generation Art Prize: “Emily Roysdon was born in 1977 in Easton (Maryland), USA. She lives and works in New York and Stockholm. Roysdon completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme in 2001 and an MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006. She has received grants from Art Matters (2008), Franklin Furnace (2009) and the Rhema Hort Mann Foundation (2010). For six months in 2008 she was a resident at the International Artists Studio Programme in Stockholm, Sweden. Roysdon’s work has been exhibited internationally at New Museum, New York (2009), Konsthall C, Stockholm (2010), Tate Modern, London, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2012). (…)

For the PinchukArtCentre Royson has created a new installation, a combination of photography, sound and film. The work starts from a choreography that explores how a single movement can develop itself, and how the space in which movements unfold defines the interpretation of a work.”

In 2001 Emily Roysdon founded the LLTR together with Ginger Brooks Takahashi and K8 Hardy. LTTR is a feminist genderqueer artist collective with a flexible project oriented practice. LTTR produced an annual independent art journal, performance series, events, screenings and collaborations. Documentation of the collective’s work is available at the online archive of LLTR.

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BMW Tate Live: Performance Room – Emily Roysdon

BMW Tate Live: Performance Room – Emily Roysdon

Artist talk by Emily Roysdon, published by BMW Tate Live in May 2012

Queer feminist artist Emily Roysdon (USA) was selected as one of the artists to make a performance for the first series of performances at BMW Tate Live’s new performance room. She created a queer feminist performance together with a large group of volunteers for live streaming at BMW Tate Live. All the people who took part in this art project are self identified feminists or queer people.
BMW Tate Live is a cooperation between BMW (the car company) and the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London. Both are looking for new possibilities to reach a new audience online.

The video below concists of the performance (app. 12 min) and a talk after the performance in which Emily Roysdon talks about the process of creating the performance and mass correography, and answers questions from the viewers.

The video performance by Emily Roysdon is also awailable for online viewing at BMW Tate Live.

Related Link
Emily Roysdon’s online portfolio

“Sõnastamata lood” / Untold Stories

Press photo: Untold Stories“Sõnastamata lood” / Untold Stories
May 8 – 26, 2010
Opening: May 7 at 18:00
Tallinna Kunstihoone, K-P 12-18
Vabaduse väljak 6
Tallinn, Estonia
Wed-Sun 12-18

Press release by Anders Härm, Rebeka Põldsam & Airi Triisberg

You are cordially welcome to the opening of Untold Stories on Saturday May 7, 2011 at 6 pm.

Malin Arnell & Kajsa Dahlberg & Johanna Gustavsson & Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with Zoe Leonard, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Sezgin Boynik & Kalle Hamm & Minna L. Henriksson & Dzamil Kamanger, Liisi Eelmaa & Minna Hint, Conny Karlsson, Dagmar Kase, Kiwa & Terje Toomistu, M.L., Marcus Lindeen, Karin Michalski & Sabina Baumann, Nallem, Flemming Rolighed, Emily Roysdon, Jaanus Samma, Mariá Takács, Mare Tralla, Anna-Stina Treumund.

Participants of the Eventprogram:
A.K. Burns & A.L. Steiner, Kajsa Dahlberg, Kaspars Goba & Ieva Ubele, Ana Hoffner, Kiwa & Terje Toomistu, Robert Kulpa, Karin Michalski, Aurora Reinhard, Mariá Takács and many others.

curators: Anders Härm, Rebeka Põldsam, Airi Triisberg
architect: Karli Luik
graphic design: Jaanus Samma

The contemporary art exhibition titled Untold Stories, which is part of both the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 and the Diversity Enriches project focuses on the problems of sexual minorities, primarily as they relate to social, political and historical issues. The exhibition is accompanied by a diverse programme of events that includes discussions, screenings, and presentations. Untold Stories is almost the only project in the Capital of Culture programme that deals with the theme of sexual minorities. The exhibition is also collaborating with the Diversity Enriches project and the week of LGBT solidarity and culture – The Festival of Expanding Your World – which will take place from June 6th to 12th.

The works on display at the exhibition approach the topic primarily from a documentary viewpoint, by telling stories about homophobia and representations of homosexuality in Estonia, the everyday problems of sexual minorities in the workplace or as parents, and the cultural history of lesbians and gays during the socialist period in Eastern Europe. The stories are told by analysing single cases or by dealing with an entire era or cultural mindset.

'Out', photo by Mare Tralla, Estonia, 2011

‘Out’, photo by Mare Tralla, Estonia, 2011

The exhibition is framed by a queer-feminist point of departure. Next to topics related to lesbians and gays, it also focuses on other often marginalised sexualities, such as bi-, trans- and intersexuality. The emphasis on the letter combination LGBTQI indicates the complexity of sexual and gender positions, against the background of which the following subjects are examined: the narrowness of binary gender roles, the constructed nature of gendered bodies, and the hard work involved in fitting or not fitting into the gender roles recognised by society.

The third set of topics at the exhibitions deals with the discourse on so-called “repressive tolerance”, the relations between the queer movement and the public at large at the political level of self-expression. Also under examination are the dichotomy between the power of sexual minorities (primarily over themselves and their bodies) and the inability (to validate themselves), and the possibilities/impossibilities of participating in public life and politics. In this context, the phenomenon of homonormativity and the multiple marginalisations of minorities among themselves are also dealt with.

The project also tries to take its theme outside the exhibition hall, and vice versa, by bringing events into the exhibition hall to change it into social space. Therefore, an extensive programme of additional events accompanies the exhibition. As a rule, the event programme will take place on Thursdays at 6 pm and information about them is available on the Kunsthalle website at [The first event will be short film screening and artist talk with Karin Michalski and Aurora Reinhard taking place May 8, 2011, 16:00 at Tallinna Kunstihoone, Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn, Estonia].

Designer Jaanus Samma and architect Karli Luik have tried to use the graphics and architectural design in order to create an experimental “queer space”, which would support the exhibition’s ideological point of departure. Because an in-depth visit to the exhibition may be time-consuming, it will be possible to visit the Kunsthalle twice with the same ticket. Please contact the Kunstahalle ticket office for more information.

We thank: Estonian Cultural Endowment, British Council, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Kulturkontakt Nord, Metropol hotel, Sõprus cinema, Fellin Furniture, Estonian National Agency for Youth in Action Programme, Human Rights Center.

Further information:
Anders Härm

Rebeka Põldsam

Airi Triisberg