Queer/in/g Nature - Part I
Queer/in/g Nature, curated by Dr Gil Mualem-Doron, SEAS's creative director, is a group exhibition of LGBTQ+ artists, depicts provocative negotiations with the natural world, with the Western and heteronormative concepts of “nature” or “the natural”, and the environmental crisis. The exhibition, at the Ledward Centre, is part of the Brighton Festival. The exhibition includes photography, short films, digital art, documentation of queer interventions in the countryside and a large-scale immersive room installation.
The exhibition includes photography, short films, digital art, documentation of queer interventions in the countryside and a large-scale immersive room installation.
The participating artists do not subscribe to the dichotomy of Nature/Artificial and shy away from heteronormative ideas of LGBTQ+ identities as artificial and alien to the natural world. Some of the work in the exhibition critiques the Western quantification and standardization of bodies, which historically has led to commodification and even to genocides.
The countryside is used by some artists as a place to escape prescribed identities and acceptable codes of behaviour. Other artists use bodies, rituals and other physical interventions to connect to the queer nature of Nature.
Be prepared to be challenged and tantalized.
To read a commissioned text about the exhibition by the artist and researcher Simon Olmetti, please click here.
Amber Akaunu & Elliss Eyo-Thompson, Brody Mace-Hopkins & Raechel Teitelbaum, Gil Mualem-Doron (with Lya Abdou Issa (AKA BlkDimondDance) & Liam King [AKA 7kid] & Soma Taylor-Patel (AKA 8SZN), Luc(e) Raesmith, Ludo Foster, Omer Ga’ash, Sarah Connell, Simon Olmetti, Tayo Adekunle.
Find out more about the artists here
The Queer/in/g Nature exhibition and can be viewed in The Ledward Centre from Saturday 7th May 3-7pm.
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The exhibition is part of Brighton Festival and has been supported by Art Council England Project Grant and the Brighton & Hove Communities Fund.