In dialogue with the screenings and performances of the Festival, the H.H. exhibition invites visitors to celebrate the multiplicity of bodies, shapes, colours, ages, styles, through artistic gestures combining transformation, transmission, myth and politics.
A fine selection of 6 queer artists and collectives present their research on the representations of non-normative bodies. Through multiple levels of consciousness, the exhibition explores the infinity of universes within a body, from the outer envelope to the inner organs. A quest for the unifying differences inside each one of us, from living flesh to living plants.
In this exploration, the image is both the vessel of self-affirmation and the archive of a community, like myths offering shelter to old and new wounds. Each picture, drawing and painting exposes the act of transformation as a political means to fully reach and understand oneself, the other, ourselves – until the end.
Panel discussion: sex work
SEX WORK DECRIMINALISED IN BELGIUM: WHAT’S NEXT?
March 2022: Belgium is the second country in the world to have decriminalised sex work after years of battle for sex workers’ rights. Now what? Join a conversation about the latest victories and ongoing struggles of sex work activism with Daan Bauwens, Guilhem Lautrec (Alias) and guest sex workers.
Workshop by IPOP
In Pursuit of Otherwise Possibilities, Queer Performance Pedagogy and Feedback (IPOP) is a research project by Elioa Steffen and Szymon Adamczak based in Amsterdam. In this playful workshop we are going to explore together ideas of combining art and pedagogy from radically queer perspective.
Let’s gather around a circle and put our cards on the table! In this workshop we will trace our path by collectively brainstorming what needs to be deconstructed. By tapping into our collective wisdom we can map out themes and tools to design a series of trajectories of deconstruction that can best support us individually and collectively.
Performance 8: CHORALE PUTE
Solidarity and collective empowerment are key parts of two movements that know no barriers: music and activism. It’s no surprise that the fight for sex workers’ rights all over the world would also find voice for its resistance through singing. In an initiative our partner festival SNAP – Sexworkers Narratives Art & Politics – led by GÆRALD and King Baxter, this choir of sex workers comes to H.H. for the first time and joyfully invite you to sing along: Las putas unidas, jamas seran vencidas !
Performance 9: Sadboi
Panos Malactos works with Elias Adam and researches the concept of radical stage vulnerability. Sadboi likes his suffering raw. He is gay, horny, heartbroken and extremely peaceful.cHe instagrams, therefore he exists. SADBOI is an autofictional portrait of a sadboi dancer. The show attempts an ambiguous and complex narration, which explores sex, love and sadness in the fully technological and sexualised post – modern age.
Sex Work Is Work – Speed dating
What if sex workers could own how their narratives are shared? In this crucial year of decriminalization, join us in proudly welcoming back our guests for a special happening. A safer space for heart-to-heart conversations with sex workers who will shed light from within on topics too often ignored or stigmatized: sex cam, porn, prostitution, BDSM, and the fight against human trafficking. Simply – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Work.
Performance 10: Dicklan
Dicklan is a drag king who embodies a kaleidoscope of (often toxic) masculinities in their plurality. Through dance, lipsync, acrobatics and text, the artist opens up a space where one can free oneself from the oppressive white cishet he represents.
What does it mean to be non-normative? Abnormal or just beyond any limiting idea of normality? Discover different answers to those questions in 3 films from Mexico, Germany and France in a screening about self-love, acceptance and the sense of self-worth that queer folks have had to develop since the beginning of times. Add a few glittery jewels and you are good to go, baby.
Performance 11: Victor Abraham Lacô
Homoromanticism, homosociability and homophobia through the poetry of a reinvented bedroom space. This audio peep-show stages the artist’s body, recalling romantic journeys and setbacks to the rhythm of his impulses, his passions, his emotions. The intimate becomes extimate, romanticism becomes eroticism, passion becomes insurrection. Established sociology then becomes an engine of poetry, of homography.
Performance 12: ROCÍO BOLIVER
Rummage – intransitive verb – Repeatedly removing or touching something that is in a hole or cavity with fingers or an object. “The man rummaged with the knife in the hole he had left open”. – Snoop in someone’s things or affairs. “You don’t know how anxiously he rummaged through his things, registering everything, books, notebooks and folders”. TOUCH, STIR, MINGLE, HANDLE, GROPING, SCRABBLE…
Warning: this performance involves explicit self-harm and could be triggering or disturbing to some audiences.
Closing: Travesti Biológica
Travesti Biológica is a project by Mavi Veloso encompassing music, video and live acts. Spanning elements of pop, contemporary R&B, hip hop, trap, electropop, synth pop, dance, tecnobrega and reggaeton. For Homografía/Homography, Mavi is joined by two fellow artists and interprets songs of her latest electro-pop album that celebrates the beauty of trans and non-binary bodies: the struggles, the resilience and the empowerment.
Closing: House Ov Awakening
Tom Schwartz is a queer electronic musician and DJ mixing experimental waves with rave energy. Nicky Miller is a genderqueer artist and filmmaker working with creative writing and voice. Together they form House ov Awakening, a musical entity born live in the summer of 2020 in Berlin, experimenting with poetry and electronic sounds.