To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause
Curator: Marina Doritis
KICK GALLERY, ATHENS, GREECE, 3-6 JUNE 2021
Queerness is a longing that propels us onward, beyond romances of the negative and toiling in the present. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing.
– José Esteban Muñoz
The screening 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.
Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz
To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation, 2013
More Than Two: Omnibus, 2018
The Gender Song, 2014
The Foundation, 2015
Utopian Songs, 2007*
Marina Doritis is a curator and writer based in London, UK. She currently works as a Producer at Artangel, a London-based organisation that creates extraordinary art in unexpected places. She has worked on several ambitious Artangel commissions including Jorge Otero Pailos, The Ethics of Dust (2016); Taryn Simon, An Occupation of Loss (2018) and Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson, Here for Life (2019). Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Curator at Calvert 22 Gallery, and delivered exhibitions Sanja Iveković, Unknown Heroine (2012) and ..how is it towards the east? (2013). In 2015 as part of the curatorial team at Nottingham Contemporary, she delivered the exhibitions Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth (2015) and Rana Hamadeh, The Fugitive Image (2015). Marina Doritis is currently working with UK based artists Rachel Pimm and Paul Maheke to produce new online work for Artangel’s first hybrid physical and online exhibition, Afterness.