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Queer(ing) photography – Centrum För Fotografi (CFF) Göteborg

(ENG below) Välkomna till ett samtal om queer identitet och användandet av fotografi.

I samarbete med Status Queer och CFF – Centrum för fotografi har vi bjudit in fotograferna och konstnärerna Del LaGrace Volcano, Elsa Groener och Eli Eli Eli! till ett samtal som utforskar begreppet queer och fotografisk representation. De deltagande konstnärerna har alla arbetat med fotografi och undersökandet av sig själva och sitt community. Med nedslag i den egna praktiken för de ett generationsövergripande samtal om queert fotografi och på vilket sätt mediumet har spelat en avgörande roll i uttrycket av social och personlig identitet. 

Samtalet leds av Sam Message och kommer att hållas på engelska. Samtalet börjar 19.00.

ENG: Welcome to a panel discussion about queer identity and the use of photography.

In collaboration with Status Queer and CFF – Centrum för fotografi we have invited the photographers and artists Del LaGrace Volcano, Elsa Groener and Eli Eli Eli! to a conversation that explores queer identity and photographic representation. The participating artists have all worked with photography and the investigation of themselves and their community. With a starting point from their own practices, they will have intergenerational conversation about queer photography and how the medium has played a pivotal role in the expression of social and personal identity. The programme features both still and moving image by the artists and the panel. The panel discussion starts 19.00.

Del LaGrace Volcano
Del LaGrace Volcano, an artist and activist based in Sweden for 15 years. Del is best known as a still photographer and has been photographing queer scenes and queer personalities & celebrities since the 1970s, mainly in San Francisco and London. Del LaGrace Volcano is a gender variant visual artist and cultural producer working with the body and gender/sexual identity notions for both social, political and personal purposes. Volcano is considered one of the pioneers of queer photography. 

Elsa Groener
Elsa Groener is a visual anthropologist, filmmaker and photographer based in Gothenburg. Her curiosity for human mannerisms, feelings, gazes and speech drives the exploration of how we can tell our stories in images and sound. She is interested in the relation between the body and societal architectures and how this relationship shapes our queer experiences. Together with Status Quueer they present their photography project PEEK! – exploring the gawks and gazes faced by queer people in public spaces. Working in busy public spaces, they capture reactions to Status Queer’s drag characters Meatling the Meatbaby (Sam Message) and Sinfluencer (Kolbrún Inga Söring). 

Eli Eli Eli!
Eli Eli Eli is a German/Danish artist based in Gothenburg. They have studied photography at KBH film- og fotoskole in Copenhagen and at HDK-Valand in the department of Fine Art Photography. Eli’s work often revolves around themselves and their community. The camera is used as a tool to understand themselves better as a queer person and to give space to bodies and voices that haven’t always had a space in the gallery room. Insisting that we exist – and an archive for the future (we existed). 

Status Queer 
Status Queer is Gothenburg based artist duo Kolbrún Inga Söring and Sam Message. Together they use art and culture to build a more sustainable, supportive and inclusive LGBTQ+ community. In their practice they use spatial and relational interventions to weave new connections and strengthen old bonds between diverse peoples. 

CFF – Centrum för fotografi
CFF – Centrum för fotografi är en rikstäckande medlemsförening för fotografer och yrkesgrupper verksamma inom fotografi. Läs mer här.

Evenemanget är ett samarbete mellan Centrum för fotografi, SAQMI, Status Queer, ABF Göteborg med stöd av Göteborgs stad. 

Bild av Status Queer
Queer(ing) photography på Formcenter Väst 23/9-23