Artist: Katarzyna Perlak
9 December 2017
This workshop investigated the relationship between history, ‘national values’ and power structures. Participants revisited Eastern European folk traditions and whilst employing feminist and queer readings, reclaimed queer narratives that were not preserved and celebrated in the folk history. This workshop problematised how history and tradition are written and represented and encouraged those involved and audiences to consider and experience history as a discourse made out of multiple, overlapping and contesting narratives, rather than a single, fixed entity.
The workshop relocated queerness both historically and geographically. Queerness In Eastern Europe is often perceived as a contemporary phenomenon that arrived from Western Europe, rather than something that always had its presence. Through placing the queer narratives into the folk tradition we ask to acknowledge its historical place. Collage is the medium often used in feminist and queer aesthetics as it offers a stirring strategy enabling the makers to deconstruct and recreate the established representation of gender and sexuality within historical and popular culture. Participants were invited to create collages using imagery of folklore as well as more contemporary images relating to queer aesthetics and their personal experiences. We specifically focused on Polish and Eastern European members of the LGBTQ community to share their Queer Diaspora experiences, archiving them through working creatively with Polish folklore, and simultaneously queering the archive, however, anyone was welcome to participate.
Supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage via Scholarship Programme.