Various activities were organised in the Van Abbemuseum to correspond with Queering the Collection.
A QueerKino took place in November 2015, discussing the development of performance art and film from the 1960s to the early 1980s. The panel included the moderator Olle Lundin, the curator Diana Franssen, the sociologist Alice Venir and the interior architect Gabriel Ann Maher. They added a new layer of meaning to the films that were screened and related this to humor, sexual expression, the male outlook and social constructivism.
The assistant professor in Film & Literature Studies, Eliza Steinbock, gave a lecture on The Navigating Portraiture in March 2016. Using different trans-portraits by contemporary artists she examined the power relations at the basis of a portrait. How do you navigate your way through portraits without using gender terms? And how can the aesthetic values of trans-portrait techniques be made more vibrant?
In May 2016 a lecture is given in the context of the International Day against Homophobia. The researcher Luc Brants from the COC talked about the relationship between the flourishing homosexual and lesbian movement in Eindhoven and the increasing aggression against homosexuals in the 1980s, and provided a striking picture of how anti-homosexual violence actually contributed to the liberation of homosexuals in Eindhoven.
Queer Art (temporary programming)
The project Archivo Queer? Screwing the system (Madrid 1989 - 1995) can be seen in the exhibition The 1980s from 2 July until 25 September 2016. Archivo Queer? consists of an open archive filled with photographs, videos and texts of public performances, demonstrations and campaigns by queer movements in Madrid in the early 1990s, when the aids epidemic claimed many victims. The archive will be exhibited in the Van Abbe for the first time and shows an alternative to the patriarchal and hetero-oriented classification. The project was initiated by Fefa Vila Núñez, the promoter of the LSD artists’ movement, and Sejo Carrascosa from the Radical Gai group – in collaboration with the artist Andrés Senra and the researcher Lucas Platero.