InstitutionsArtists 23-11-2017

November 23 | Curator of “Queermuseu” to appear in front of Brazil’s Senate

In Brazil, things don’t seem to improve for the LGBTQ+ community, whilst France recognizes an activist for gender and sexual minorities with its highest honor. In Paris, Lafayette Anticipations begins to take shape.

Curator of “Queermuseu” to appear in front of Brazil’s Senate

Gaudêncio Fidelis, curator of the exhibition “Queermuseum: Queer Tactics Toward Non-Heteronormative Curating” at Porto Alegre’s Santander Cultural Center has been ordered to appear in front of Brazil’s Senate. The exhibition received backlash from the country’s far-right for encouraging “blasphemy and pedophilia”.

Fidelis is being investigated for “Mistreatment of Children and Teenagers” due to his involvement with the show and will be taken to the Senate by federal police — a procedure normally reserved for fugitives — despite having cooperated with the government. In the meantime, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition denouncing the Brazilian government’s mistreatment of Fidelis. More via Hyperallergic.


South African photographer and LGBTQ+ activist Zanele Muholi receives France’s highest honor

Zanele Muholi, the LGBTQ+ "visual activist", whose work has documented the life of South African’s gay, lesbian, transgender and queer community, was awarded France’s highest honor: the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Muholi is also the co-founder of the Forum of Empowerment of Women, and Inkanyiso, a platform for queer and visual activism. Of the award, the artist has said: “it is important to make sure that we unite the LGBT community so that people know we exist as professionals and as creators of great content.” Read more on The Art Newspaper.


Zanele Muholi, Bester IV, Mayotte. (2015) Courtesy the artist.


Paris’ Lafayette Anticipations to open to the public in March

Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette has announced it will open to the public in March 2018 at its space in 9 Rue du Plâtre, in Paris’ Marais district, home to most of the French capital’s art galleries. The space, boasting a surface of 2,200 square meters, was renovated by Rem Koolhaas and his architectural firm, OMA.

Lafayette Anticipations will open with an inaugural show dedicated to Lutz Bacher, who will present her first solo show in France. Her show will take over the entire building, exploring “the structure’s symbolic elevation, focusing in particular on the central void constructed by its architect”. The building features an “exhibition tower” in its central courtyard, composed of four mobile platforms that can be adapted to different projects. More via the Group Lafayette’s official website.


View of Lafayette Anticipations' space at Paris' 9 Rue du Plâtre.

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