Event DetailsJuly 4, 2019, 7:00PM – July 13, 2019, 12:00AM
(this event is over)
GlogauAIR BerlinGlogauer Str. 16
10999 Berlin, Germany
An art exhibition celebrating the Stonewall 50th Anniversary
Vernissage: 04.07.2019 | h 19.00 – 22.00
Curators: Suzy Royal and Vassilia Kaga
Roey Heifetz, who studied art at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. His large-scale drawings are delicate in detail despite their often rough overall aspect. This results in a certain closeness on the formal level of drawing and a distance from the content of the drawing. The artist thus strikes a balance between beauty and irritation, naivety and reflexion, intimacy and distance. Heifetz often portrays figures of knowledge such as the librarian or teacher, who in his mind are linked to the desire of learning and a yearning for linear order. These figures are sometimes multiplied, disassembled or stretched to the limit, and sometimes shown in a moment of relief, possibly starting to physically decompose or possibly napping, between wakefulness and sleep, when the process of losing control and detachment from reality starts.
June 27 of 1969 marks a historic critical juncture for contemporary LGBTQI+ rights. A routine police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York inflamed a rebellion, which endured days of violent demonstrations. Stonewall constitutes a benchmark for LGBTQI+ history.
Half a century later, fascist winds are blowing in every direction of the globe. LGBTQI+ relationships are still criminalised in 72 countries. In the United States, Trump’s administration proposed to abolish Obama’s civil rights safeguards which banned discrimination against transgender medical patients. In Europe, nationalistic, conservative right wing parties are on the rise, putting our basic human rights at risk. From South America to Russia, queer and transgender people are being killed every day reminding us that we are still targets.
Apart from merely a celebration, “Stonewall 50 – Days of future past” aims to remind us that this is not just our history – it is also our present. History can not be perceived as linear but as a circle instead. Innumerable LGBTQI+ people have deliberately placed their lives on the line through personal and individual struggles, making a collective liberation more approachable and finally possible.
All the artists presented in this exhibition share their personal stories reflecting what has been achieved and what remains to be fought since the Stonewall Riots. It is impossible to view an oppression, such as homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, classism, ableism or ageism in isolation, because they are all intertwined.