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Queer Exhibition Histories

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  • Highlights the efforts of LGBTQIA+ artists and curators that have advanced the LGBTQIA+ presence in museums and society alike
  • Brings queer exhibitions out of their niche in an attempt to make them into a full part of the art canon
  • Dives into (personal) archives to uncover these alternative histories

Editor: Bas Hendrikx 

Editorial committee: Bas Hendrikx, Léon Kruijswijk, Valentina Iancu 

Contributors: Tawanda Appiah, Aaron Betsky, Boudry/Lorenz, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Aleksandra Gajowy, Halyna Hleba, Jessica Gysel, Bas Hendrikx, Kateryna Iakovlenko, Valentina Iancu, Katrin Kivimaa, Rían Kearney, Leonida Kovač, Léon Kruijswijk, Élisabeth Lebovici, Edwin Nasr, Peaches, Katarina Pirak Sikku, François Piron, Rebeka Põldsam, Karol Radziszewski, Sylvia Sadzinski, Sara Salminen, Airi Triisberg, Eugenio Viola, Liang-Kai Yu

July 2023, Valiz, with support from Mondriaan FondsPrins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Hendrik Muller Fund; Research supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst | paperback | 23 x 17 cm (h x b) | 288 pp. | English | ISBN 978-94-93246-13-3 | € 27,50

In the media:
- (Only in Dutch) Click here to read the review of Queer Exhibition Histories by Laura Herman in De Witte Raaf (226, november-december 2023)


In the histories of art exhibitions that we know, LGBTQIA+ artists and curators have always been underexposed or forgotten. This new title in the PLURAL series focuses on these forgotten and hidden histories, by scrutinizing a wide variety of exhibitions and other presentations by LGBTQIA+ artists and curators.

Queer Exhibition Histories is composed of case studies, interviews and essays that emphasize different queer exhibitions and their modes of presentation and archiving. Many of these projects were short-lived or were executed between the walls of the private or domestic space, far beyond the scope of any institutional recognition. Therefore, the exhibitions materialized on limited budgets, were hardly documented and received barely any media coverage. For this reason, the legacy of these projects is highly dependent on personal archives, memories and paraphernalia, whereof the entries are not always easy to find. The events were not only artistic, but they could equally be discursive, activist and educational, or serve as a tool for community building. At the intersection of queerness and contemporary art, Queer Exhibition Histories investigates how the efforts of LGBTQIA+ artists and curators have advanced their public presence.