Ongoing during the entire festival
Pride Parades &
The Gallery Verbeeck-Van Dyck has been an enthusiastic partner of AQAF from the start. We are proud to bring you a selection of works by Antwerp photographer Gerald Dauphin, courtesy of Antwerp museum for photography FOMU. Dauphin spent many years in New York, starting from 1966. He was deeply impressed by the Vietnam protests and also witnessed the first Gay Pride parades in the Big Apple. In this exposition, we show you images Dauphin made of Pride Parades and Dyke Marches in New York in 1997.
NOTE: the expo Pride Parades & Dyke Marches is the only event that will take place at Gallery Verbeeck-Van Dyck. All other AQAF-events will take place in De Studio.
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Photo © Gerald Dauphin
A Split During Laughter at the Rally
Juliana Huxtable is an American artist, writer, performer, DJ, and co-founder of the New York-based nightlife project Shock Value. Huxtable's multidisciplinary art practice explores a number of projects, such as the internet, the body, history, and text, often through a process she calls “conditioning." Huxtable is a published author of two books and a member of the New York City-based collective House of Ladosha. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Tapping into the delirium of online conspiracy theories, trolling, rampant intersectionality, and the viral production of post-truth, Huxtable elaborates a digital info-shop aesthetic to map the productive chaos of contemporary identity politics in this work. Transsexual and postgender activism, non-binary identification, YT skinhead culture, witchcraft, and the invisible toxicity of wifi microwaves, among many other mutant subcultural rumors and strains, all vie for attention in a paranoiac décor suggestive of a walk-in freezer. Here truthers, trolls, wiki warriors and bots propagate simultaneous and warring narratives while actively eroding any remaining belief in the “non-fiction world.” In the video, a handful of kombucha drinking protesters marches through Bushwick chanting “No Trump, no KKK no fascist USA” while Huxtable narrates in an extreme, blue-lipsticked close-up. Theories about the legacy of rhythm as revolutionary communication within black activism and its theft by vanilla agendas trying and failing to chocolify post-Occupy protest, interweave with speculative fictions about alt-right control of New York nightlife. Panic shifts to diabolical laughter and back as info threads split off into further threads without end. Meanwhile, sci-fi, sex and magic are the weapons of choice for a conspiracy more virulently alive than any of its supposed authors.
Photo © Juliana Huxtable and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, NY/LA
Campbell X is a transgender filmmaker, based in the United Kingdom. Their work documents black LGBT culture and they are a leading creator of contemporary British queer cinema. At the festival, we present DES!RE (2017).
DES!RE is a meditation on the desire for people who have been assigned female at birth but now define as non-binary, gender nonconforming, transmen, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, queer. We hear the voices of women and other non-binary, gender nonconforming, transmen, transgender who are attracted to them. Moving and vulnerable testimonies of loving what is made marginal by dominant mainstream culture and media.
Photo © Kajza Rose
Billie Q shows her vision on the tale of Judith and Holofernes in analogue photography and video. Billie Q’s work is a torn narrative made out of nightmares, fantasies and bodies that long, scar, rest and rage. Nothing has happened. Yet. Nothing is happening. Just now. A flash of a false memory. An image thought to be forgotten. A suppressed anger that’s entering the room. A silent understanding of the whispering skin, the knowledge of the flesh.
Photo © Billie Q
RIOT À LA SUZAN
The Suzan Daniel Fund, gay/lesbian archive and documentation centre, is a non-profit organisation was named after Suzan Daniel (b. 1918, Brussels), pseudonym for Suzanne De Pues, the woman who in 1953 courageously started the first Belgian gay/lesbian group, the Centre Culturel Belge (C.C.B.) Cultuur Centrum België. With their kind collaboration, AQAF presents a view on what RIOT has meant in our local history.
Photo © Fonds Suzan Daniel
Velázquez meets Lynch could be one way to describe the artist that is Spanish born Carlos Aires. In his work, Aires obliquely addresses issues surrounding individuals living on the fringe of society and the psychological impact of that lifestyle. Aires confronts us to a world where opposites coincide. Reality and fiction, true and false, natural and artificial, tradition and contemporariness, are dichotomies that are confused. The unity of his work is defined in the right moment where these dichotomies are conciliated.
Playing with with what you can see, what you cannot see and what is suggested, is central to the installation Mister Hyde. Mister Hyde I, shot in infrared, combines very ambiguously images of backrooms and very familiar views of fairground stalls (like those in a horror film). Mister Hyde III consists of slow-motion scenes of reunions at an airport: filmed very close-up, the protagonists do not notice at any time the camera filming them - or perhaps in the midst of their emotion, in one of the few public places where this kind of thing is still accepted, they choose not to see it?
Photo © Carlos Aires
The video Sweet Dreams are Made of This shows two policemen wearing anti-riot uniforms, dancing a tango version of the famous 80´s song by the Eurhythmics. The fantastic lyric of the song is the central motor of the piece. The cover of the song Sweet Dreams are Made of This has been arranged by the bandoneon player Fernando Girdini and recorded exclusively for the video, performed by the broken voice of Sara Van. In its origins, at the end of 19th century, tango was mainly a dance between two men. They danced in harbour brothels, while drinking and waiting for their turn. It was originally forbidden by the church and rejected by high society, which resulted in its development in poor suburbs and working-class slums. The video however was recorded in the ballroom and celebration space of the Museo Cerralbo, in Madrid. It was the residence of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, part of the Spanish aristocracy. The Ballroom is decorated with panels of agate from Granada, marble from the Pyrenees, oil paintings on the ceiling and large Venetian mirrors. Keep in mind when you watch, that Spain was on the international news over the last months due to the violent riots, protests and demonstrations that happened as a consequence of the extreme financial crisis and more recent due to the Catalonia protests. Many videos showing police brutality can be found online. In them, the officers cannot be identified because their faces are hidden behind the helmets and their ID numbers are not visible. After the resulting numerous protests, the Government published a law stating it is illegal to take photos, videos or any form of visual record of police forces or police uniforms without the Government's permission.
Photo © Carlos Aires
Wren Boys is a multi-award winning BAFTA & BIFA nominated short film written and directed by Harry Lighton that was developed through the 2017 Film London Award Scheme which it went on to win.
In his sermon on St Stephen’s Day, a priest from County Cork recalls the now-outmoded wren hunting tradition. Boys on the cusp of manhood would be sent out to kill a wren, and later the parish would gather for the burial of the bird. The tradition symbolised the burial of the past, promising a fresh start in the new year. But it was cruel, and tradition, Father Conor concludes, does not legitimise cruelty.
Later that day, Conor drives his nephew to prison to visit a battle-worn inmate. Their visit is one born of a new 21st Century Ireland, which casts a critical eye on tradition. But within the prison walls, progress operates at a different pace; and runs alongside the threat of violence.
SHE IS JUICED
SLICE 1: JO HAY &
SLICE 2: OPE
Lois Norman is a British/Australian creative artist, whose work focuses on the bravery and diversity of the human condition. Primarily, using the Female word and image as a lens, she explores and questions the truth of who we are and the strength it takes to be all of who we can dare to be. She was invited to screen her first feature creative documentary, She Is Juiced, exploring the works of artists Jo Hay, Ope Lori, Peta Lily and Sarah Jane Moon at Tate Britain in June 2017, as part of the ground-breaking Queer Britain Exhibition and the London Pride launch 2017.
THESE ARE MY HANDS
These Are My Hands is a short documentary film-poem written and performed by the radical British playwright Jo Clifford. It is a deeply moving, personal account of transgender embodiment in a lifetime, speaking of wounds, challenges, victories and the journey towards self empowerment. The poet's voice is embraced by a lyrical, mesmerising soundtrack and together with the graceful and intimate visuals compose a profoundly tender piece.
CARLITO SE VA
In May 2018, famous director Werner Herzog invited some young filmmakers to make short films in the heart of the Amazonian jungle, Peru. This film was made during this workshop. Herzog gave the creative theme : “Fever Dreams in the Jungle”. One of the results is this short poetic film following Carlito, a young man living in an indigenous village in the jungle, who decided to leave and change his life forever.
Landline is a short documentary about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers. Through a series of recorded telephone conversations and reconstructive visuals, the film uses the helpline as a lens through which to view the experiences of LGBTQ people in the British farming community.
In a world that prizes traditional masculinity and in which ideas of ancestry are fundamental, being gay can be isolating. Suicide rates are extremely high in both young farmers and gay men in particular, and combining these can be a recipe for tragedy. But there are also thriving gay scenes in the most rural of towns, stories of unexpected friendships and relationships, and moments so unlikely that they could only happen in real life. Candid, intimate and shocking, Landline is a snapshot of a group of people bound together by circumstance but so often isolated from each other.
A restless young man wants to leave love, and the Earth, behind. Mankind reflects the idea of humans being explorers by nature, and the consequences of standing still, for too long.