Feminine Moments’ newsletter – June 2012

Dear Reader

I hope that you have had a nice Summer Solistice last week. Along with the summer come a lot of pride events, some queer exhibtions, art festivals and holidays for most of you. I’ll be in Berlin July 24 – 30 for the 2nd International Queer Tango Festival. Let me know if you are available for lunch/coffee and a chat about queer feminist art in Berlin.

Finland: Art is So Gay
The pride exhibition Art is So Gay opens on June 26, 2012 at the Forum Box gallery in Helsinki, Finland. This mixed curated group exhibition runs through July 22, 2012. In my post about the exhibition I present works by out artists Emma Helle, Heidi Lunabba and Laura Lilja.

California: The 15th National Queer Arts Festival   June 6 – July 6, 2012
Congratulations! and thanks to the hard working festival organisers at the Queer Cultural Center (QCC) for making spaces for queer artists and their diverse arts projects. QCC has organized the annual month-long National Queer Arts Festival in California, USA since 1998. See the full visual art exhibition programme of the National Queer Arts Festival. I have mentioned a couple of the festival’s exhibitions at Feminine Moments queer feminist art blog:

San Francisco: Cultural Confluences: The Art of Lenore Chinn
Exhibition: June 8 – 30, 2012. Location: Luggage Store Gallery at 1007 Market Street near 6th Street, 2nd Floor (mezzanine), San Francisco, CA 94103. Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 12-5 pm and by appointment

San Francisco:
ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation

Curator Jonathan D. Katz (USA) has been invited to make a remix of queer artists – a reunion of Queer Cultural Center (QCC) Visual Artists. The exhibition runs thru June 26 at SOMArts Main Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
List of the artists presented at ReMix: ReFraming Appropriation.
See curatorial intern at SOMArts Cultural Center Erica Gomez’s article about the exhibition REFUELING WITH REMIX: REFRAMING APPROPRIATION

Denmark: Re.Act.Feminism #2
Re.Act.Feminism #2, a performing archive is a continually expanding, temporary, and living performance archive travelling through six European countries from 2011 to 2013. It presents feminist, gender critical and queer performance art.The exhibition runs at Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark thru August 19, 2012. Among the artists are performance artist and queer woman Line Skywalker Karlström (Sweden/Denmark). See Line Skywalker Karlström Performance: Queens Deers

Kassel: dOCUMENTA 13 – runs thru September 16, 2012
Congratulations!! to Zanele Muholi (South Afric) and Tejal Shah (India). They are among the artists, who have been selected for dOCUMENTA 13, the prestigious (mainstream) contemporary art festival in Kassel, Germany.

Zanele Muholi – Faces & Phases
Zanele Muholi (South Africa) presents a series of her astonishing portraits – a wall of 60 large-scale lesbian and transgender subjects from several African countries. These works are part of the ongoing Faces and Phases project in which Muholi seeks to bring visibility to LGBTQ communities of Africa.

Tejal Shah – Between the Waves
Tejal Shah (India) participates in dOCUMENTA 13 with her new multi-channel video installation, Between the Waves. The work is composed of performative film, text, animation and the spacialisation of sound. If you go to Kassel this summer and arrive by train, you must see her video installation at the Central Railway Station. Between the Waves by Tejal Shah, Venue: Index #161, 1st floor, Southern Wing, Hauptbahnhof, Kassel. June 7 – September 16, 2012

Calls for entries
?2012 MIX Call For Entries! http://www.mixnyc.org/
Regular Deadline – June 15th. Late Deadline – July 6th. Categories: Films, Installations. Performances (with media) and Guest Curators. Since 1987, MIX NYC has presented the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer-identified figures in avant-garde cinema.

Pride Photo Award 2012 – deadline July 7, 2012
Categories: Chameleons/Double Life – 2012 theme, Gender, Documentary, Open Category. It is the second year that the Dutch organizers of the Pride Photo Award invite photographers to submit their queer photos.

Arts Resources
Mertle – UK performance artist Caroline Smith’s alter ego – joined the Avant Gardeners at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK on Sunday 17th June 2012 for a Butoh-inspired ritual cleanse and queer up of the tent and surrounding areas. See Drawing on Experience by Caroline Smith; video documenting a performance by Caroline Smith, Tate Modern – 27 June 2009. Camerawork: Richard Canham & Francesca Ungaro.

Lost and Found – Queerying the Archive Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, 2009 – a video (2010) in which the curators Jane Rowley (UK/DK) and Louise Wolthers (DK) presents the exhibition, and the artists Tejal Shah and Benny Nemerosky Ramsey talk about their art projects.

Illustrations above
Detail of The Child Venus, sculpture by Emma Helle. Photo: Miikka Pirinen
The Oracle Room, painting by Lenore Chinn
Photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi

Happy summer to all of you!

Love and kisses,


Birthe Havmoeller
Independent editor of Feminine Moments
mail: havmoeller(at)femininemoments.dk


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