Rome: GendErotica May 22 – 24, 2015

GendErotica 2015

is the necessary and inevitable step after GendErotica 2013: Fem. The visions, contradictions and imaginary that came out from last edition have defined the topics of the coming edition of the festival.

It’s clear from the community response related to Queer Feminity is difficult, especially as long as we have to face feminine-hetero-normative concepts and prejudices. This contradiction opens a question on what might be legitimately queer?

We will not dictate the definitions of what is Queer, what is legitimate to be considered as Queer, whose bodies belong to queer experience, what is supposed to be “your” meaning of queer.

Queer starts from the internal experience, each one has its own unique personal experience, starting from oneself, which stands in opposition to any kind of conformity. Body, eroticism and sexuality are effective tools to deconstruct any image that each of us creates for ourselves. These are some of the fields where social stigma operates to prevent individual free choice and self-determination of the body. That’s why, we’re particularly interested in talking about eroticism, pornography, femmes, trans, sex workers, feminism, desires, fantasies, imaginaries moving out from different points of view, also including those artists who are not coming from queer scene but identify themselves in a queer festival.

GendErotica, May 2015

We will use irony as the best way to provoke contradictions and liveliness. We will present performance art that is political, as well as will offer theater, performance, labs, visual art, readings, cinema, documentaries and our open lab called Queer Infection. We will do all this with the will to share this experience with those ones who wish to join our festival and contribute to create a free, safe, aware, consensual space. We will do all of this because Queer is, first of all, a search of freedom.

Entrance: suggested donation 5 euro per day

Artists

Archivio Queer Italia (Italy / UK), Armsidea (Spain), Michelle Jazzie Biolley (Switzerland), Marie Helene Bourcier (Fr), Giulia Casalini per CUNTemporary (Italy / UK), ConiglioViola (Italy), Crash Pad Series by Shine Louise Houston (USA), Sunny Drake (Canada), Cheryl Dunye (USA), Eyes Wild Drag (Italy), Valery Hager (USA), Henriette Hellstern (Denmark), Mad Kate (Germany), Marit Ostberg (Sweden), Candy Paradise (Italy), Ileana Pietrobruno (Canada), Playgirls from Caracas and Lilly Lablonde (Italy), Red Bind (France), Naike Anna Silipo (Italy), Slavina (Italy/Spain), Shelley Stefan (USA), Alice Tatge (UK), Federica Tuzi and Cristina Vuolo (Italy)

Check the complete programme and all informations about artists on: GendErotica2015

Shelley Stefan – B is for Butch

Shelley Stefan – B is for Butch from Roger Kisby on Vimeo. Azucarera Gallery, New York, presented the exhibition B is for Butch by queer painter Shelley Stefan in 2010.

About Shelley Stefan

American artist Shelley Stefan received her BFA in Painting and Drawing in 1996 from The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, USA and her MFA in Studio Art in 2006 from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, USA. She has exhibited in both Canada and the United States and is a Faculty Member of Painting/Drawing in the Visual Arts Department at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

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Artist statement by Shelley Stefan

B is for Butch

Azucarera Gallery presents the exhibition B is for Butch by queer painter Shelley Stefan. The exhibition runs through August 30, 2010 at Azucarera Gallery, 414 W. 145th St. NY, NY 10031, USA.

Text by Shelley Stefan

Primary Cock#3, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010B is for Butch is a series of Paintings and Drawings that look at the complexity of butch identity, specifically focusing on conceptual notions such as butch (in)Security as well as other dual significations that serve to provide metaphorical maps for the interesting liminal space that being butch occupies. What is butch and what is it to be butch? Or perhaps, further – What kind of psychic space or set of subcultural intricacies are involved with being butch? And, here, more importantly: What does this look like?

This series of work draws from my life experience as a butch lesbian, based on many years of both self-reflection and authentic subcultural observation regarding issues of queer gender and this complex terrain. The work happens at a time in queer history where inquiries into butch gender are acute and necessary, making a case to understand butch, not only in and of itself, but also and especially as it relates to a deeper corollary understanding of what it means to be femme or to be transman, or anywhere, for that matter, in the gay gender continuum. What becomes interesting and important in the work is not only the expansion of cultural knowledge regarding the space contemporary butch identity occupies in human consciousness, nor the goal to contribute to half a century of butch/trans/femme history, but also and critically compounded in the visual artwork, the heralded, empathetic, if not playful, depiction of that which I find to be dichotomous in butch female gender.

Above right: Primary Cock#3, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010

Lamboy#2, oil painting from the series 'B-is-for-Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010

Lamboy#2, oil painting from the series B-is-for-Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010

Invested in the examination of subcultural interiority, and aiming to uncover the sensitivities inherent to the essence of being butch, this series gives special attention to the ways in which butch subjectivity is emotionally liminal, situated in the space of the both/and/or, not dissimilar to Gloria Anzaldua’s nepantla or Homi Bhabha’s gaps, and occupying a mode in this world that can and often does engender at once feelings of security/insecurity and/or bravado/vulnerability. Appropriated and manipulated renditions of traditional medieval armour, such as in the use of lamboys, as well as strategic juxtaposition of culturally potent images/symbols alongside various plays on words all serve to create visual and conceptual tension in the work. Functioning off of the mingling of art movements such as Social Realism, Feminist Art, and Surrealism, B is for butch is a series about discovery and learning. In the same manner that the kindergarten student learns of this taught world and becomes scribe:…A is for apple, B is for boy, this series of Paintings and Drawings aims to re-open the pedagogical dialogue, allowing for a new lesson, or at the very least, a new mode of visual understanding in the realm of contemporary butch subjectivity.

Primary Cock, oil painting by ShelleyStefan, 2010

Primary Cock, oil painting by Shelley Stefan, 2010

Primary Cock#1, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010   Primary-Cock#2, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan 2010

Primary Cock#1 and Primary Cock#2, oil paintings from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010

Shelley Stefan (b. 1974, Palos Park, Illinois, USA)
Shelley Stefan received her BFA in Painting and Drawing in 1996 from The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, USA and her MFA in Studio Art in 2006 from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, USA. She has exhibited in both Canada and the United States and is a Faculty Member of Painting/Drawing in the Visual Arts Department at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

The formal and conceptual base of Stefan’s Visual Arts practice is rooted in an investigation of queer subcultural subjectivity. Since 1995, her work has examined, redefined, and/or revelled in notions of taboo, identity, gender, sexuality, and power, all from within the vantage point of the queer liminal lens.

Shelley Stefan currently lives and works in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

Lamboy#1, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2009

Lamboy#1, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2009

Primary Cock, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010

Primary Cock, oil painting from the series B is for Butch by Shelley Stefan, 2010