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Queering the Narrative

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Philipp Gufler, Dioxazinviolett _ Orasol® Blau 825, 2019 and Heliogengrün – Quindo Rosa D, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and BQ, Berlin. Aistė Stancikaitė, Them, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and GNYP Gallery, Berlin. Constantin Hartenstein, F3000, 2022
Philipp Gufler, Dioxazinviolett _ Orasol® Blau 825, 2019 and Heliogengrün – Quindo Rosa D, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and BQ, Berlin. Aistė Stancikaitė, Them, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and GNYP Gallery, Berlin. Constantin Hartenstein, F3000, 2022
Christopher Hartmann, Untitled, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and GNYP Gallery, Berlin. Constantin Hartenstein, F3000, 2022
Christopher Hartmann, Untitled, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and GNYP Gallery, Berlin. Constantin Hartenstein, F3000, 2022
Installation view ground floor with works by Philipp Gufler, Martin Maeller, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sholem Kirsihtalka and Josh Faught.
Installation view ground floor with works by Philipp Gufler, Martin Maeller, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sholem Kirsihtalka and Josh Faught.
Installation view ground floor with works by Soufiane Ababri, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Kira Bunse, Jenna Gribbon and Constantin Hartenstein.
Installation view ground floor with works by Soufiane Ababri, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Kira Bunse, Jenna Gribbon and Constantin Hartenstein.
Philipp Gufler, Dioxazinviolett _ Orasol® Blau 825, 2019. Courtesy: the artist and BQ, Berlin. Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Drop Scene (0X5A936) & Drop Scene (0X5A7387). Courtesy: the artist & Peter Kilchmann, Zürich. Plus works by Sholem Krishtalka & Josh Faught
Philipp Gufler, Dioxazinviolett _ Orasol® Blau 825, 2019. Courtesy: the artist and BQ, Berlin. Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Drop Scene (0X5A936) & Drop Scene (0X5A7387). Courtesy: the artist & Peter Kilchmann, Zürich. Plus works by Sholem Krishtalka & Josh Faught
 Sholem Krishtalka: Liz, 2021. Josh Faught, The Risks of Overexposure, 2019. Courtesy: the artist and Kendall Koppe, Glasgow. Sholem Krishtalka, Colin (Harmony in Ochre and Cerulean), 2021 and Elijah and his shadow by the Belle Alliance, 2020
Sholem Krishtalka: Liz, 2021. Josh Faught, The Risks of Overexposure, 2019. Courtesy: the artist and Kendall Koppe, Glasgow. Sholem Krishtalka, Colin (Harmony in Ochre and Cerulean), 2021 and Elijah and his shadow by the Belle Alliance, 2020
Soufiane Ababri, Bedwork /Self portrait as Cleopatra, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin. Artor Jesus Inkerö, Untitled, 2022. Kira Bunse, Tropez, 2019
Soufiane Ababri, Bedwork /Self portrait as Cleopatra, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin. Artor Jesus Inkerö, Untitled, 2022. Kira Bunse, Tropez, 2019
Luki von der Gracht, Untitled (London 2010), 2021
Luki von der Gracht, Untitled (London 2010), 2021
Kira Bunse, Tropez, 2019
Kira Bunse, Tropez, 2019
Jenna Gribbon, My girfriend in a short skirt, a row of men between us, 2020. Constantin Hartenstein: Hankycode, 2022
Jenna Gribbon, My girfriend in a short skirt, a row of men between us, 2020. Constantin Hartenstein: Hankycode, 2022
Martin Maeller, Untitled (in panic), 2022
Martin Maeller, Untitled (in panic), 2022
William E. Jones, Tearoom, 2006
William E. Jones, Tearoom, 2006
TM Davy, Solar forms, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart
TM Davy, Solar forms, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart
Martin Maeller, untitled (our darkness), 2022. Soufiane Ababri, Bedwork / Selfportrait as a devil /After Dante Alighieri, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin
Martin Maeller, untitled (our darkness), 2022. Soufiane Ababri, Bedwork / Selfportrait as a devil /After Dante Alighieri, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin
Installation view upper floor with works by Soufiane Ababri and Elburuz Fidan
Installation view upper floor with works by Soufiane Ababri and Elburuz Fidan
Installation view upper floor with works by Philipp Gufler, Harry Hachmeister and Elburuz Fidan
Installation view upper floor with works by Philipp Gufler, Harry Hachmeister and Elburuz Fidan
Harry Hachmeister, V_0121, 2021, Schnurrri, 2021, Kleiner Vulkan, 2021 and V_0221, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and fiebach, minninger, Köln
Harry Hachmeister, V_0121, 2021, Schnurrri, 2021, Kleiner Vulkan, 2021 and V_0221, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and fiebach, minninger, Köln
Elburuz Fidan, Memory, Remedy, Measurement: Waiting for the Parrot „FTG_1181“, 2022
Elburuz Fidan, Memory, Remedy, Measurement: Waiting for the Parrot „FTG_1181“, 2022
Evan Ifekoya, She Was a Full Body Speaker, 2016
Evan Ifekoya, She Was a Full Body Speaker, 2016
Philipp Gufler, Quindo Rosa D _ Orasol Gelb 152, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and BQ, Berlin
Philipp Gufler, Quindo Rosa D _ Orasol Gelb 152, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and BQ, Berlin
NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein is pleased to present the group exhibition Queering the Narrative. The exhibition brings together for the first time at the Kunstverein 19 national and international artists, all of whom consider themselves to belong to the LGBTQIA* spectrum. Against the backdrop of prevailing heteronormative and reactionary manifestations of identity and their artistic representation, the group exhibition raises the question of queer identity and narratives and their influence on the artistic work of the participants. With Queering the Narrative, the Kunstverein deliberately and exclusively offers space for diverse, queer positions in contemporary art. The public representation of queer issues in all media, including art, continues to draw social criticism today. This varies in intensity, based on the social and political systems as well as the geographically conditioned history in which queer concepts are negotiated, but never seems to be completely silenced, although the acceptance of queer content in the shelter of a museum or exhibition institution is growing. There, art not only succeeds in questioning heteronormative values and codes, but also shows other points of view and perspectives, while creating identification potential for queer people. With the intention of increasingly inscribing queer images in the collective pictorial memory, ideally the fight for LGBTQIA* rights is also strengthened and a normalization of queer lifestyles is pushed forward. The selected works in the exhibition at the NAK come from various genres, so painting meets graphics, photography, installation, sculpture or video. The works sometimes reveal interdisciplinary interfaces, but are also interconnected in terms of content and aesthetics in the exhibition context, thus forming a complex web of codes and narratives. The subjects of the works are particularly diverse, both private and political in nature, partly representational, partly abstract, but always committed to the question of queer identity, to the writing of (one’s own) queer history. Following the idea of Queering the Narrative, the Kunstverein would like to push the institutional discourse on queer contents and positions in the field of exhibitions and question the politics of power and visibility, especially in the art world. Queer identity and queer art are to be understood as a pluralistic, changeable concept, which in its manifold and positively occupied manifestations is placed complementarily alongside a heteronormative society. Queerness as a gift, you’re welcome. Going beyond the artistic productions of the exhibition, performances, lectures and workshops will evoke alternative, as queer, spaces of action in order to foreground performative and transgressive conceptions of LGBTQIA* identity. The corresponding program accompanying the exhibition can be found promptly on the NAK homepage and will be announced on social media. Participating artists: Soufiane Ababri, Kira Bunse, TM Davy, Josh Faught, Elburuz Fidan, Jenna Gribbon, Philipp Gufler, Harry Hachmeister, Constantin Hartenstein, Christopher Hartmann, Evan Ifekoya, Artor Jesus Inkerö, William E. Jones, Sholem Krishtalka, Martin Maeller, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Aistė Stancikaitė, Luki von der Gracht

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