Art Project “XXY”

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Contemporary Art Gallery Y, multimedia magazine 34mag.net, mediaproject ‘pARTisan’ wouldl ike to invite for the Art Project “XXY” which will be held between September 13th – October 2nd 2014 at Gallery Y in Minsk.

In order to be a part of a particular social group, an #individual has to accept or reject the rules and practices of appearance, which are associated with particular identities. We can critique these predetermined images and models, however, we can’t ignore them. Because our clothing, #sexuality and behaviour are the markers, on the basis of which we are determined as fitting or not fitting into a group, or determined as threatening (which can inflict #aggression and provoke #violence) or as immediately trustworthy. The individual therefore gets caught in a kind of a normative box, only through which he is understood and accepted by the society or a particular community.

Nevertheless, these days more young people refuse to define their specific ‘labels’. They understand their identity as dynamic, discontinuous, non-binary and call themselves #queer (American colloquial for #others, weird or marginal groups). This is how the queer move towards opposing the society that wishes to frame (to ‘normalise’) them, understand them in specific terms and through this ‘boxing’ form an attitude towards them.

What is behind each of them for an individual, society or the world as a whole? How do we understand and interpret them? What is a norm for our society, and where are the margins of its tolerance? Can we conceive ourselves beyond the borders of determination, so that to self-style our own identity and exercise control over it?

Artist: group ‘Bergamot’ (Belarus/Poland), Anatoly Belov (Ukraine), Zhanna Gladko (Belarus), Michaił Hulin (Belarus), Alaksiej Łunioŭ (Belarus), Tatiana Reut (Belarus), Volha Sasnouskaja (Belarus), Tilda Swinton (the UK) &Sandro Kopp (Germany, the New Zealand), lucine talalyan / Queering Erevan collective (Armenia), Wolfgang Tillmans (Germany), Sergey Shabohin (Belarus), Alaksiej Barysionak & Inha Lindarenka& Anton Sarokin (audio-guide).

Curators: Tania Arcimovič, Alaksiej Barysionak, Inha Lindarenka, and Valancina Kisialova

Curator of the public discussion part: Hanna Lakcijonava (To Be.Queer). Partners of discussion part: Makeout.by (Vika Biran)*

Exhibition is not suitable for individuals under 18 years of age, and also not recommended for persons with a conservative view on sexual relations!

The opening will take place on September 12th at 7pm at Y Gallery (Niezaležnaści ave. 37a). Admittance by invitation! Questions of accreditation can be directed to: a.gubskaja@gmail.com

Special thanks to Oliver Evans (Gallery MAUREEN PALEY, London) and British Embassy in Minsk.

A number of public lectures, presentations, discussions and screenings will take place during the exhibition. Follow the news at ygallery.by, 34mag.net, partisanmag.by

* From 8th to 14th September, a unique photography project about Queer –identity ‘Coming-out’ will take place at loft ‘Balki’, organised by Makeout.by

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