QueerSport.LAB - POSSIBLE?!. @WHW.hr


exhibition: Another SPORT is Possible ? ! .
PHOTOS: http://goo.gl/F0qvc
PRESS RELEASE: http://goo.gl/8AKBW
EXHIBITION TEXTS: http://goo.gl/gAMoUD

_from the introduction text to exhibition:
- Contemporary sport (hypercompetitive, commercialized, institutionalized, politicized...) is often perceived uncritically - especially as a mechanism of capitalist ideology and in its capacity of a globalizer/normalizer of societies. It is equally a source of countless traumatic, stressful and frustrating experiences for (queer) youth, (trans) individuals and others who challenge or do not fit its existing norms. If Sport (as Art) can be considered a laboratory and a contested site, then it is potentially one of the largest domains for social, cultural and political experimentation, but also innovation in contemporary societies...
- This exhibition and the QueerSport.LAB program is part of a broader international creative inquiry into tensions between Sport and LGBT/Queer realities. Artists and communities presented here with their works and documentation point to some of many tangents in which creative engagement can work against the normativity of sport through queer expression. Though physically far apart, contextually constrained and of different methodologies and operational networks, all share a common understanding of sport as a context that is neither fixed nor given, but one that needs constant claiming and self-organizing and most of all, imagining viable alternatives.

+ QueerSport.LAB with program:
12/06/2012 - 18:30 Queering Sport - workshop: qSPORT & co.
14/06/2012 - 18:30 Trans x Sport - screenings + skype-in: Tom Weller
17/06/2012 - 14:00 QS Brunch - screening “Justin” (doc.) + skype-in: Juliet Jacques

_artists:
(12-17/06/2012, Galerija Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb)

PRESS RELEASE: http://goo.gl/8AKBW

_from the introduction text to exhibition:
- Contemporary sport (hypercompetitive, commercialized, institutionalized, politicized...) is often perceived uncritically - especially as a mechanism of capitalist ideology and in its capacity of a globalizer/normalizer of societies. It is equally a source of countless traumatic, stressful and frustrating experiences for (queer) youth, (trans) individuals and others who challenge or do not fit its existing norms. If Sport (as Art) can be considered a laboratory and a contested site, then it is potentially one of the largest domains for social, cultural and political experimentation, but also innovation in contemporary societies... - This exhibition and the QueerSport.LAB program is part of a broader international creative inquiry into tensions between Sport and LGBT/Queer realities. Artists and communities presented here with their works and documentation point to some of many tangents in which creative engagement can work against the normativity of sport through queer expression. Though physically far apart, contextually constrained and of different methodologies and operational networks, all share a common understanding of sport as a context that is neither fixed nor given, but one that needs constant claiming and self-organizing and most of all, imagining viable alternatives.

+ QueerSport.LAB with program:
12/06/2012 - 18:30 Queering Sport - workshop: qSPORT & co.
14/06/2012 - 18:30 Trans x Sport - screenings + skype-in: Tom Weller
17/06/2012 - 14:00 QS Brunch - screening “Justin” (doc.) + skype-in: Juliet Jacques

_artists:
Tom Weller (Berlin, Germany), http://www.tom-weller.de/
Jason Hall (Brighton, UK), http://www.outlinegallery.com/
Željko Blaće (Zagreb, Croatia), http://zeljko.blace.name/

_communities:
Boxing Girls / Boxing Queers (Berlin, Germany), http://www.boxgirls.org/
The Justin Campaign (Brighton, UK), http://www.thejustincampaign.com/
qSPORT (Zagreb, Croatia), http://www.qsport.info/

_communities:
Boxing Girls / Boxing Queers (Berlin, Germany), http://www.boxgirls.org/
The Justin Campaign (Brighton, UK), http://www.thejustincampaign.com/
qSPORT (Zagreb, Croatia), http://www.qsport.info/

_individual contributors:
Alex Brahim - curator and critic (Barcelona, Spain)
Juliet Jacques - critic and co-founder of The Justin Campaign (Brighton, UK)
Karmen Ratković - social activist and educator in arts (Zagreb, Croatia)
Vesna Vuković - curator and producer in arts (Zagreb, Croatia)

_supported by:
Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske
Gradski ured za kulturu, obrazovanje i sport grada Zagreba

_thanks to:
Multimedijalni institut http://www.mi2.hr/
Heinrich Boell Stiftung - Hrvatska http://www.Boell.hr/
PhD Arts http://www.PhDArts.eu/
… and individuals:
Myriam Van Imschoot, Sher Doruff, Jose Begega,
Kat Bowman, Dejan Škaljac,
Tomislav Medak, Nenad Romić, Dejan Kršić...

_all events in Gallery Nova are co-oragnized by:
WHW - što, kako i za koga - http://www.whw.hr/
AGM - http://www.agm.hr/