PASSAGE & PLACE at the National Queer Arts Festival 2014

Passages & Places

PASSAGE & PLACE: a multimedia visual arts exhibition

OPENING: Sunday, June 1st
Alley Cat Books Gallery

Passage & Place is a multimedia visual arts exhibition, book project, and skillshare series that explores displacement & movement, freedom & incarceration, and home & im/migration at the intersection of queerness.

How do our individual and collective bodies affect and politicize the space around them, and how does the space around us affect and politicize our individual and collective bodies? How do our identities inform the way we understand movement/displacement and freedom/confinement? In what ways can coping mechanisms transform into intentional acts of strengthening?

Featured artists include Black Salt Collective’s Sarah Biscarra-Dilley and Grace Rosario Perkins, Paper Buck in collaboration with members of the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), and Zeph Fishlyn in collaboration with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Curator Lex Non Scripta and Annah Anti-Palindrome will display a collection of artwork and letters from incarcerated and non-incarcerated queers addressing ideas of and relationships to Home.

Work by Henriette Hellstern-Kjoeller
Work by non-incarcerated queer artist Henriette Hellstern-Kjoeller, Denmark, for PASSAGE & PLACE, 2014.

PASSAGE & PLACE: a print anthology on Home

For the PASSAGE & PLACE book project we have compiled a collection of written and visual artwork from queer and trans folx both inside and outside of prison, that consider and complicate the topic of “Home”. Some contributers include Virgie Tovar (author of Hot & Heavy), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (author of Consentual Genocide, editor of The Revolution Starts at Home), Heidi Andrea Rhodes (co-founder & editor of Reveries & Rage), Ellie Krnich (co-chair of Femme Conference), Veronica Stein (Fabulous Brown Works), Jacks McNamara (author of Inbetweenland, co-founder of The Icarus Project), Banah Ghadbian (Feminist Wire), and more!

As part of reaching beyond walls, we partnered with the TGI (Transgender | Gender Variant | Intersex) Justice Project/TGIJP and Black & Pink to send the Passage & Place call for submissions to currently incarcerated LGBTQ prisoners. We received over 100 letters, poems, and artwork! A collection of these letters and images will be bound and printed into an anthology released in conjunction with the Passage & Place exhibition at the National Queer Arts Festival, 2014.

Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller a Non-incarcerated Queer Artist

Danish queer artist Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller’s artwork (above) was selected for the anthology. She is very excited as this is the second time that she is taking part in an art project under the auspices of The National Queer Arts Festival in California, USA. Henriette says: ‘In my arts practice I explore the intersection between the masculine sweaty uncontrolled animalistic expressionist art and feminism’s fighting spirit. I tell stories about equal righte, body, gender, and method with my fat white body, a body without a lot of useful skills, but with an edgy humor that can cut way (for me) through the dialogue. The body being the foundation of my works is expressed through performative videos and abstract expressionist paintings.’

About Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller

Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller is Danish artist and lesbian based in Copenhagen. She graduated from the Funen Arts’ Accademy in 2011. She works with paintings, video, performance, installations and other medias. Her works has also been selected for several exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. She made her first solo exhibitions ‘StressHat’ in Copenhagen (2012). She loves to present her queer works in a queer context and has taken part in GendErotica 2013 (Rome), Entzaubert DIY Queer Film Festival 2010, 2012 (Berlin), Queere Filmtage Zürich 2012, Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage 2010 (Hamburg) and Threads at SOMArts Cutural Center (San Francisco) 2010. Henriette is not afraid of dealing thoroughly with controversial subjects such as equal rights, power, sexuality and good versus evil.

Related Links

Other articles about Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller at Feminine Moments.

Homo A Go-Go Festival 2009, San Francisco, USA

Homo A Go Go (HAGG) is an internationally attended festival of queer music, film, art, performance, and activism. This year the festival includes workshops and group shows by visual artists from all over the world. This year’s group art show, which is entitled ‘Homegrown’, can be visited at SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, August 14-16, 2009. Visit the festival website (link below) to see an extensive online presentation of the queer artists, which among others include Amie Leeking, Anna Cambell, Caitlin Sweet, Coco Guzman, Christy Road, Dana Krusche, Ginger Robinson, Jackie Davis, Jess Muse, Jess Anthony, Johanna Buckner, Katie Krusche, Katie Kaapcke, Lex Non Scripta, Lucy Peterson, Sara ‘Faith’ Gottesdiener, Sarah Race, Shakrah Yves, Shauna Steinbach, Susan Surface and Zanne deJanvier.

Homo A Go-Go Art and performance workshops At Femina Potens

Friday, August 14, 2009

Femina Potens Art Gallery
2199 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Workshops at noon, 2, 4 and 6pm.
$5 each OR check into getting a festival pass for the Homo A Go-Go Festival, August 13-16, 2009, in San Francisco
Current programming includes:
The Von Foxies – How To Bring The Funny Into Your Performance
Sarah Tomchesson from the Pleasure Chest – Queering Your Sex
Samara Halperin – Stop-Motion Animation
Adrienne Graf – Speaking the Silence: Interpersonal Violence in Our Queer Communities
Larry-bob Roberts – Queer Zine Field Trip
Meliza Banales – Starting the Revolution from Within: How to Use Meditation to Heal and Fuck Shit Up!
Mike Upton – Patent Fever: AIDS, Activism and Intellectual Property
The Collective Tarot – demystifying the tarot
and possibly a couple more!