The project aims to explore the history of queer visuality in Russian arts and media. The term ‘queer’ is difficult to define; historically it had a connection to the culture of LGBTQ+ communities; however it has recently attained a much broader meaning. ‘Outlaw sensibilities, self-made kinships, chosen lineages, utopic futurity, exilic commitment, and rage at institutions that police the borders of the normal – these are among the attitudes that make up “queer” in its contemporary usage’ (Getsy 2016). In our project, we consider ‘queer’ to be a concern and a strategy of transgression of post-identity politics. We focus on art communities and practices such as painting, sculpture, photography and film, and at the same time we aim to trace how these artists and communities have challenged those same notions of painting, sculpture and so forth. We explore queer art and media in the broader context of Russian culture and its tactics of transgression.
The project “Visuality without Visibility: Queer Visual Culture in Post-Soviet Russia” (2017-2020) is supported by the Swedish Research Council https://www.vr.se/inenglish.4.12fff4451215cbd83e4800015152.html