Queer City Quito … and onward to New York

July 31, 2017

The 1st of July marked Quito, Ecuador’s LGBT Pride festivities. The parade doubled as a tour of the historic city center and as the Echa Pluma! placard debut from a Laboratorio Gráfico Desviante printmaking workshop the days before. With exhibitions at both No Lugar (Ataqueridas by Pato Hebert) and SOY PAISAJE at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, the main streets and city parks ‘filled out’ the staging ground of a ten-day programme called Queer City Quito.

Why Queer City? What is invited by placing the two words side-by-side? In São Paulo, the name served as a provocation for a programme that began with a walk in the city in late 2015. It led to an 18-month collective curatorial process by ArtsEverywhere and Lanchonete.org, embedded in a longer-term right to the city, site-specific inquiry. In Quito, Queer City became a partnership between a large public institution and an independent art space called No Lugar. Simultaneously, in Athens QC São Paulo participants Mavi Veloso, Jota Mombaça and Gian Spina presented an event at the Athens Museum of Queer Art. In Karachi, Pakistan, Queer City is taking shape as a four-month project space in a private apartment.

Queer City is a space on ArtsEverywhere to link queer urban practices or non-normative ‘tactics’ among diverse thinkers and locations. ArtsEverywhere stitches a range of practices into a broader online discussion. So it made perfect sense for Pato Hebert and Ajamu to come to São Paulo for the closing events of Queer City after making work together at the 2016 AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. Next stop: New York City for Black Pride 2017!

July 11, 2017

Dissident Geographies: São Paulo, Athens, and Beyond

Jarri Castro, Athens 
Marta Echaves, Madrid 

An event called Queer City is, per se, an invitation to inhabit the oxymoron as an epistemological position. Can a queer city exist? What would it look like? Who would be the good queer citizen? Mavi asks a spectator to help her close her necklace. Michelle draws a square made of sugar on the floor, her back towards us. At...

March 17, 2016

A Queer Walk in a Queer City

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo 

São Paulo is a remarkable city, and its center has a strong history of being a refuge for the LGBT+ community despite mainstream Brazilian culture’s bias toward being extremely patriarchal and severely segregated. The city’s marginal communities are often relegated to neighborhoods on the outskirts, places the white elite can easily avoid. Since the post-war era, the center of the...

September 22, 2016

Cultivating Rhizomatic Space: A Conversation Between Pato Hebert and Ajamu

Patrick "Pato" Hebert, New York City & Los Angeles 
Ajamu, London 

This year, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert collaborated on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.  On 14 August, 2016 they spoke via Skype and reflected on their experiences. Ajamu spoke from his home in London and Pato from Cassis, France where he was an artist-in-residence...

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