Examining Separatist Epistemologies

The erasure and sanitisation of queer history persists as a marginalising and anomalising force against contemporary queers. Structural prejudice continues to interfere with the inheritance of our culture. Our sexual knowledges and practices are made to vanish in the name of respectability, assimilation, and acceptance.

Separatist epistemology describes the deliberate emphasis on otherwise neglected areas of knowledge through extracting and separating it from the mainstream. It functions as a means of generating, preserving and making such knowledge available. Eimear Walshe's research at the Van Abbemuseum will employ this methodology, citing queer practitioners and centring queer audiences. The project includes institutional research on the museum's internal inclusionary practices, screenings and seminars discussing the visions of historical queer separatists, and a publication of collected texts by contemporary queer artists.



Eimear Walshe b. 1992 is an artist and writer from Longford, Ireland. Walshe's work seeks to reconcile queer histories with personal or local narratives through fiction, biography, and academic writing. Recent and forthcoming presentations include Fools’ Bells Fall at Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, NL; No More Fun and Games, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; Precarious Subjects: Gender and Sexualities Conference, Trinity College Dublin; and Paper Visual Art, Dublin/Berlin.