Press release by Galerie aKonzept, Berlin
Photo from the series ‘Messy Existances’ by Camilla Storgaard
THEY — An exhibition on queer Identity
at Galerie aKonzept, Schröderstr. 7, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Opening Reception 13.09.17, 7pm
Exhibition 14.09.17 – 14.01.18
“Only dead fish follow the stream.” This is agreed, but following the stream would certainly be a relief for those who are still forced to swim against the tide. The current drags those who have neither the need nor the necessity to resist. It is a privilege. There are also those who go with it against their will, concealing their differences so as not to be subjected to the judgment of others who, claiming righteousness, condemn them. Hiding, they suppress themselves and miss out on their own existence. Life becomes a knife whose handle is also a blade.
Then there are others, obviously courageous, who disclose themselves regardless. With the risk of being taunted, insulted or rebuffed, they lay themselves bare, knowing that the land can be shared.
The artworks in this exhibition will pose aesthetic questions to savvy or uninformed spectators; they may encourage those who are hiding to unveil themselves; they will make it clear that it is not about provocation but about the evidence that the norm is perpetually being defined, and that all differences are necessary for life to coincide with its own name.
On the occasion of this exhibition, we are publishing a softcover catalogue in 500 copies with texts by various critics as well as by the exhibited artists. Additionally, 22 hardbound copies containing an original photo by Iwalja Klinke, signed and numbered, will be available.
[Painting above right by Sadie Lee]