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Virtual | Fluidity & Queerness in Art & the Art World
September 30, 2021 | 12:00 pm
9am PT/ 11am CT/ 12pm ET / 6pm CET
Please join ArtTable for a special virtual discussion on Fluidity and Queerness in Art, in partnership with Speciwomen.
On the occasion of Speciwomen’s third issue launch, this panel will explore fluidity and queerness from various perspectives in the art world. We will hear from each panelist on what fluidity means to each of them, how identity has influenced their work and/or approach to their profession, and the “overtness” of queer art.
- Grey, Artist & Cultural Activist, Moderator
- Philo Cohen, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Speciwomen
- Opashona Ghosh, Artist, featured in the Fluidity issue of Speciwomen
- Anne-Sophie Guillet, Artist, featured in the Fluidity issue of Speciwomen
- Alyssa Nitchun, Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
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Additional Resources: We encourage all attendees to review these articles and resources in advance of the conversation – Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters | Why the Art World is Focusing In on Gender Fluidity (2018) | ‘Museums Belong to Everyone’: Curator Clare Barlow on the Tate’s Groundbreaking Queer Art Show, and the Work Institutions Still Need to Do
About the Speakers
Grey (moderator) is a multimedia artist who identifies as AfroIndigenous, genderfluid, and queer. She’s currently known for making art pieces and installations in solidarity with the trans community as well as being the lead singer of the band God Save The Club Kids.
Philo Cohen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at Speciwomen, an online archive and independent publishing initiative aiming to change the representation of womxn and femmes in the arts. Cohen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2020 with a BA in Visual Studies and Comparative Literature.
Opashona Ghosh (b. Kolkata 1987) is an artist and facilitator, based in London. Graduate of Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London). Their work explores feminist approaches to mental & sexual health, and club culture, locating the intersections of body, community & ritual. They curate FEMME NEW WORLD, an intersectional panel exploring migrating femme landscapes. Currently, they are co-publishing HONEY with Bahraini-British writer and editor Nadia Jones, a zine meditating on the experience of friendship. (Instagram)
Anne-Sophie Guillet was born in Oxford, UK. She’s a French photographer based in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels with an MFA in visual arts and photography. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 2019, her book “Inner Self” was published with Case Publishing, a Japanese publisher. The book launch was at the same time as her solo show at Poetic Scape in Tokyo. Anne-Sophie Guillet is currently working on her “Together” series around love and relationships, what bonds one to another and questions their representation. The series suggests that we change our attitude and perception on the ways people live their relationships. (Instagram)
Alyssa Nitchun is Executive Director of The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, where she oversees the Museum’s many initiatives and long-term growth. Founded just weeks before the Stonewall uprising and located in Soho, New York, LLMA provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. Prior to LLMA, Alyssa was an independent cultural consultant focused on the Middle East and Europe, advising artists and cultural institutions on projects at the intersection of art, social justice, and public space. From 2012 to 2018, Alyssa was with the public art organization Creative Time where she held a variety of positions focused on development, communications, and team management, culminating with Acting Executive Director. Prior to Creative Time, Alyssa oversaw Institutional Giving for StoryCorps – the public media organization archiving diverse oral histories at the Library of Congress. Alyssa has also served as Director of Development for the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and has held multiple creative positions in the worlds of art, fashion, and music. Alyssa received an MA in Gender Politics with a focus in Queer theory from New York University.
SPECIWOMEN is a community of emerging womxn makers from all over the world representing each other through the means of interviews, essays, new media and print publications. Our goal is to bring forward the work of artists that deserve a better representation than the one given to them in the art world.
Philo Cohen started SPECIWOMEN in 2015, aiming to foster intersectional communities built from equality and respect. Click here to view the website.
Thank you to Philo Cohen and the team at Speciwomen for partnering with ArtTable on this program.
- Cover of Speciwomen’s third issue.
- Headshots provided by the speakers.
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