The Queer Archive Art is our commitment to queer artistic expression through any art media in collaboration with our international network of artists.
Whether through our annual festival in the city of Athens in collaboration with Onassis Stegi or independently, we aim to show the work of upcoming and established artists, we seek for new ideas and we shed light to unseen corners of creative minds.
THE QUEER ARCHIVE ARTSHOP LAUNCH
Unseen That, George Kanis, Alejandro H. Bascon, Kostis Fokas, The Dreamer, Aaron Moth, Chrysanthos Christodoulou, Nicklas Hultman, Neige Sanchez, Stephie Grape, Tamir David, Stuart Sandford,Alina Gross, Jason Morris Danino Holt, George Stridaris,George Cassapides
The Queer Archive launches its Artshop - an online art gallery aiming to create a large international community of artists whose work touches upon queered or queer-responsive approaches to human existence or manifests meaningful queer interpretations.
“Life Guarding” is based around water metaphors, both in the track’s lyrics and in its visuals. It is a film-collage by Tillmans, edited by Michael Amstad, that explores shifts its lens “between micro and macrocosms, collages of body parts, fruit and insects, we find him equally paying attention to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean as well as to the ‘same’ water in the form of drops, evaporating on a hot kitchen plate”
Dimitrios C. Masouras, George Griefy, Jonathan Kemp, Nikos Mainaris, Javier Alejandro Cerrada, Savvas Kokkinidis, Slava Mogutin, Kopros Slave, Vasilis Vilaras, Trix Rosen, Paul Coombs, George Kanis, Helias Doulis, Ilias Sapountzakis, Unseethat, Giulia Astesani, Neige Sanchez, Vasilis Safos, Thomas Mendonca
KAVLA is an independent publication of The Queer Archive Festival involving LGBTQI+ artists of all creative backgrounds. Editors Konstantinos Menelaou and Helias Doulis invited artists, writers, poets and thinkers to participate in a queer dialogue of aesthetics and words and to ignite fresh and meaningful conversations around queer experience, art and culture.
TO BE WILLING TO MARCH INTO HELL FOR A HEAVENLY CAUSE
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause presents video works by artists that deploy music, sound, and storytelling to explore queer narratives. At the heart of the selected works is a desire to share personal experiences and public histories, and to broach ideas around sexuality and gender politics. The notion of performativity is evident in all the works, recalling the writings of José Esteban Muñoz and the utopian potential of the queer aesthetic and subject.
Tethered is an amalgam of footage recorded from the online platform chatroulette between March and April 2020. It started as voyeuristic practice to witness how the pandemic could be (re)shaping these online channels of communication across the network and it became an exercise of critique on the concept of the saturated self (Gergen). In most cases, during the online visits to the site, the users were given the image of themselves, a sort of feedback of their own immediate reality.
George Striftaris' first tools come from his experience as an actor and casting director. It is this experience, imbued with his love for painting, that guides and defines his photographic art. Dedicated, simple, relentless, he manages to encapsulate in his images those dimensions of reality that we miss.
THE SAUNA SESSION
Olympe De G, Antonio Da Silva, Bruce LaBruce, Aron Kantor, Rafael Perez Evans, Menelas, Jordi Estrada, Slava Mogutin
Bathhouses were initially places for gay men to come together and enjoy their sexuality without having to hide or feel ashamed of their natural choices. They were places of solidarity and fun. In the age of Grindr and instant gratification, they have become an extension of a social media frenzy, offering a quick fix. However, they still promote personal contact (physical and emotional), as well as the opportunity for the queer community to get together and celebrate love.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Suspended between militant masculinity and polymorphous perversity, secret codes and shameless exhibitionism, creeping shame and ecstatic resistance, this constellation of fragments celebrates the ruins, the future and the endlessly shifting parameters of the queer, post-queer and post-post-queer archive.
Comfort Zone takes perspective on interpersonal relations, drawing parallels between experiences and sidelining what differentiates our identities. The tapestry is woven with juxtaposing natural and industrial fibres and divided into three sections, legible from behind and sensorily elsewhere.
“Comfortably Wild” is a photography slideshow - an ongoing project, about an existing, real world that is unknown to many of us. It is about the (r)evolution of the Athenian queer scene and society from 2016 until today, a “miracle” between raw reality and fantasy.
High rank army generals presenting their androgynous body characteristics. A virtuous noble woman wearing a strap-on dildo. A prestigious officer indulging his curves. Herma by Tamir David is a series of drawings and etchings, celebrating the ongoing shifts in social values and gender representation.