TOM OF FINLAND ART & CULTURE FESTIVAL BERLIN
ALEJANDRO HERNÁNDEZ BASCÓN
CALLUM LEO HUGHES
DANIEL PARAMIO ORTIZ
EDEN LEVI AM
JAVIER ALEJANDRO CERRADA
For three days, the Queer studio community prideART Berlin together with Tom of Finland Foundation was dedicated to the art inspired by Tom of Finland, his legacy, his influence on the current enfants terribles of the art world.
BANANA AND THE MONKEY
Banana and the Monkey are two unconventional characters that were created through the need for simplicity in the chaotic world that we live in. Not taking their ability to function as human beings for granted and leaning towards a queer lifestyle, they become outcasts, representing the other, possible victims of oppression and injustice. However, their optimistic, positive energy and total neglect for what is perceived as normal are the qualities this project aims to nurture.
Antigoni Bunny Tsagkaropoulou
This exhibition was about subverting toxic masculinity in the queer community through reinvigorating femme-ness and all of its powers. But what is femme-ness in a patriarchal world? The goal of the exhibition was to bring together work that highlights all kinds of femininity, especially the failing femmes, the femmes without abs, the fatties with bellies, the femmes that ruin their make up; the bimbos and faggot himbos.
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.
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.
THE SAUNA SESSION
Olympe De G
Antonio Da Silva
Rafael Perez Evans
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.
CALIFORNIA SOBER / SORRY I HURT YOU
Konstantinos Menelaou / Florian Hetz
Tom of Finland Foundation Artists-in-residence Konstantinos Menelaou and Florian Hetz presented their works-in-progress at TOM House. Hetz showcased a newly printed zine entitled I’m Sorry I Hurt You.Menelaou showed a portion of his upcoming film, California Sober.
Eden Levi Am
Ori Paul Levi
10 international artists have created around the theme of Christmas and donated an artwork for sale during the exhibition. All profits will go to Praxis - an Athens-based organization that cares for the homeless and those in need.
THE QUEER ARCHIVE GALLERY LAUNCH
Alejandro H. Bascon
Jason Morris Danino Holt
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”
“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.
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.