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ISSUE 36 : Be Queer, Be Positive
Coexist Exhibition – Analysis and Articulation of the Implications
March 6th, 2018Type: Opinion
Author: Rikey Tenn Editor: Rikey Tenn
Note: The article is a revised from the author's notes for the exhibition opening talk of "Coexist Exhibition," 2017. The author starts from the exhibition "Spectrosynthesis" (2017) at MOCA as the backdrop and the Sunflower Movement (2014) — during which the "Coexist Exhibition" was firstly initiated on the Internet — as the main lead. By so doing, he attempts to trace the sophisticated relations between art practices and LGBT community, or further, the community and social movements, to connect the implications residing within. Be it "Sunflower Movement", the women's rights movement in 1996, or the Interpretation No. 748 announced by the Constitutional Court, the crisis of identity politics has always come from the urge of assimilation within the LGBT community. The paramount mission for the queer aesthetics, besides the choices of identity, is how to turn exhibitions into an agency of action, and that is precisely the proposition that the group behind "Coexist Exhibition" needs to think over.
Spectrosynthesis - Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now (2017); image:
多元成展: 今天不回家 (2017); image: coexist exhibition (facebook album)