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Art Seminar: Queering Archives from East, South & West of Europe FREE


In response to Karol Radziszewski's exhibition QAI/CEE Centrala present international seminar discussing queer art and archives.

It is noticeable that the very term “queer” and references to queer theory have become popular in both academic language and the popular discourse. The very concept of queer undoubtedly challenges categorization related to sexuality, sex, and gender, and many paradigms applied to these concepts. What is the story of the term itself? How is it applied in the contemporary archival work attempting to re-tell the history? How the queer theories differ when we juxtapose Western and Eastern and South European contexts?

The seminar aims to answer some of these questions by presenting various projects and initiatives by activists, academic, writers and artists from Eastern and Southern Europe and Britain who will join the discussion on impact of queer theory in our lives.

10.30-12.00 Queering Eastern Europe:

Welcome by Alicja Kaczmarek, director of Centrala (Birmingham).

  1. Stanimir Panayotov (Sofia Queer Forum, Bulgaria), Queer and History in Bulgaria.

  2. Slavcho Dimitrov (Skopje, Macedonia) Curating Queer Affects, An-Archiving Nationalism: Contemporary Queer Art Practices in Macedonia.

  3. Łukasz Szulc (London School of Economics) Queer Tradition in Communist Poland.

Open discussion. Chairing: Urszula Chowaniec, University Collage London

12.00-1.30 Lunch break.

1.30-3.00 History and Queer

  1. Ula Chowaniec (University College London) Queering Language? The Impact of the Queer Theory on Understanding the Past (of the Eastern Europe)

  2. Adam Carver (director of Shout Festival) Queering Archives: Exploring Birmingham’s Queer History.

Open discussion.

Chairing: Alicja Kaczmarek, Centrala. Polish Expats Association. Birmingham.

3.00-3.30 Coffee break.

3.30–5.00 Karol Radziszewski. Queer Archives Institute. Institution as an art practice

5.00 -6.00 Networking reception.

6.00-8.00 Opening of the exhibition.

The seminar is a part of Shout Festival.

Karol Radziszewski lives and works in Warsaw (Poland) where he received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. He works with film, photography, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. Since 2005 he is publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine. Founder of the Queer Archives Institute.His work has been presented in institutions such as the National Museum, Museum of ModernArt, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; New Museum, New York; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Cobra Museum, Amsterdam; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13, New York; 7th Göteborg Biennial; 4th Prague Biennial and 15th WRO Media Art Biennale.

The seminar is free but places need to be booked.:

lunch is provided.

Associated Events: 10/11 6-8pm Private View:QAI/CEE exhibition by Karol Radziszewski 11/11 6- 8pm Kisieland- film screening and artist talk

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