Queer City

cidadequeer_squareQueer City investigates the relationship between queerness and life in the contemporary city. It began as a site-specific program in São Paulo, Brazil. It does not seek to define ‘queer’, and is not limited to the considerations of city dwellers.

Can a mestizo asshole speak?

Jota Mombaça, Natown, São Paulo, & Athens 

“I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice. Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent’s tongue—my woman’s voice, my sexual voice, my poet’s voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.” —Gloria Anzaldúa[1] In her essay “The Mask: Colonialism, Memory, Trauma and Decolonization,” Grada Kilomba seeks politically to retell a repeatedly...

Queer Vegan Manifesto

Rasmus Simonsen, Copenhagen 

This article originally appeared in Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 10.3 (2012): 51-81. It is reprinted by permission of the author and the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. A Queer Vegan Manifesto  [Sexual object choice] is more like vegetarianism than homosexuality. —David Halperin In his article “History of Male Homosexuality,” David Halperin proposes that simple sexual object choice—what he sees...

Looking for Lesbians

Niki Singleton, New York City 

This graphic novella was commissioned by ArtsEverywhere and Lanchonete.org to document the Queer City Project during the International Queer Film Festival in November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil. While taking part in the Queer City events and finding a lack of Lesbians involved, a humorous idea emerged of the complexity of trying to find them. Questions came up about what...

The Enjoyment of the Pariah: Technologies to exist at the margins [of the State]

Sabrina Duran, São Paulo 

In a capitalist world, a homeless person is a paradigm of the pariah, an individual seen as an outcast of the system. In a capitalist world, the pariah is a dissonant existence. In all senses and for good. At the margins of everyone and everything. His indigence degrades the idea of progress. His meagreness contradicts the imperative of satiety. His...

Janta—Comida Queer, Política Queer: Notes on a Methodology

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo 

Paulo Goya and I met in 2014 during some events that I organized at City Hall to discuss urban public policies that affect the center of the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. At that time, Paulo was very concerned with the rapid gentrification São Paulo faces. He inherited a mansion built in the early 20th century and transformed it into...

Cultivating Rhizomatic Space: A Conversation Between Pato Hebert and Ajamu

PatoHebert, 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...

We Liked the Way He Moved: A Presentation at the International AIDS Conference

PatoHebert, New York City & Los Angeles 
Ajamu, London 

Durban, South Africa, July 16, 2016 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 16 July, 2016 they gave an illustrated plenary at the MSMGF’s “Action + Access” Pre-Conference for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with...

Janta Dispatches: Technoqueer

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo 

“Janta – Queer Food, Queer Politics” is the cycle of activities organized by the art residency Lanchonete.org and the Canadian foundation Musagetes as part of the Cidade Queer / Queer City initiative. Every month, the series convenes people to discuss a queer perspective on urbanism and the city. The informal dinners, where no one is required to discuss the proposed topics, happen at Casarão do...

An Archive Is A Place Where Things Go to Live: A Conversation Between Pato Hebert and Ajamu

PatoHebert, New York City & Los Angeles 
Ajamu, London 

This summer, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert are collaborating on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. On 16 July, they will present an illustrated conversation as the main plenary at the “Action + Access” Pre-Conference for gay, bisexual and other men who...

In the Shadow of an Epidemic

Mike Young, Toronto 

A review of Sarah Schulman’s The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Generation I came out to my friends as an impulsive, drain-chain-wearing sixteen-year-old. I knew little about the Gay Liberation movement or the queer community. Instead, I met a cute punk on a Toronto streetcar and felt a familiar stab of desire in my gut. When he casually...

What is Queer City ~ Cidade Queer?

Todd Lanier Lester, São Paulo 

Naming a program ‘Queer City’ is an occasion to both admit that we don’t define ‘queer’ or imagine that it means only one thing and to openly ask what a queer urban future might look/feel like? Jose Esteban Muñoz begins his book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009), with these words: “Queerness is an aspiration toward...

Learning from Queerness

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario 

The etymology of the word queer traces its origin to that which is oblique, unusual, and out of the ordinary. It suggests an alternative to the status quo. Another way to think of it is as “eccentric.” However, in choosing “queer” we also invoke powerful social justice movements around the world. We are not yet queer. We may never touch...

What Does a Queer Urban Future Look Like?

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo 
Michael Roberson, New York City 
Jude Dibia, Malmö 
Todd Lanier Lester, São Paulo 
Karol Radziszewski, Warsaw 
Sarah Schulman, New York City 
Eric Gitari, Nairobi 
Niki Singleton, New York City 
Zvonimir Dobrovic, Zagreb 
Ella Boureau, New York City 
Maya Mikdashi, Jersey City 
Mahmoud Khaled, Alexandria, Egypt & Trondheim, Norway 

 

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...

Sex of the Oppressed

Nikolay Oleynikov, St. Petersburg 

Sex of the Oppressed was first published in Russian by the Marxist Free Press (2013). What follows is the author’s Foreword to the book. The English translation by Jonathan Brooks Platt will be available in early April 2016 by its Canadian publisher, PS Guelph (www.publicationstudio.biz), and by its German publisher, Archive Books (www.archivebooks.org).   Sex is always located between oppression...

Art Challenges Homophobia in Vietnam

Aliza Goldberg, New York City 

Clad only in plastic house sandals and baggy underpants, two men lean over the balcony of their Hanoi apartment to escape the heat. The two, their arms lightly touching, look relaxed and comfortable, but also vulnerable. Strings of blue lights frame the couple. A blurry pink bouquet in the bottom right corner emphasizes the hidden affection. Their backs face the photographer...