Queer volatility

Queer volatility:

the indecipherable achievement of a socially utopic state

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Ato Malinda, queer volatility: the indecipherable achievement of a socially utopic state, installation view, picture: Lara Buchmann

Exhibition project by Ato Malinda in cooperation with Sybille Bauriedl.

We are especially interrested in knowledge production on queer identities, the translation of queerness by LGBTQI-NGOs in African countries and body performances of queer people in Nairobi and European cities. In our observation international NGOs and global (western) media have a huge influence on queer identity in Nairobi, on denying precolonial queerness in Africa and on universalizing LGBTQI-politics (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer-intersex).

We want to examine the multiple translation practices of / between queer performativity, queer representations, queer politics and queer theory with a focus on Nairobi within its global cultural, postcolonial context. We started with a queer perspective on future Africa with relational interconnectivity and subjectivity, sameness and otherness in mind.

We think that queer people in Nairobi and African diaspora contribute to more divers ideas of possibilities of future by challenging daily practice of oppression and liberation of sexual and gender identities. We discuss queer futures in the sense of breaking down multiple binaries of sex and gender.

With our contribution to the exhibition of Future Africa we want to ask: How are queer African identities related to diaspora and European queer identities? What can we learn form these identities about possible futures and/or „Future Africa“?

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