Vision and Fear Station

Travestie für Fortgeschrittene: Warte mal!

Travesty für Fortgeschrittene, a three-part exhibition series, was conceived in the European and international context of inclusion/exclusion, of immigration debates, assaults against women, migrants and homosexuals.

It deals with (hetero)normative forms of action and discourses of majority and minority, with the aim of dynamising entrenched social images of thought. The connection between subject, power and gender is examined from different angles.

By reflecting on the functioning of the art institution in comparison with social and mainstream media, the project explores the following questions: What information is opinion-forming, in what frequency and by what means does it reach people, in what form is it processed? Can the institution open up and also understand those attitudes that meet changes and multiple identities with uncertainty, fear and resentment? Is it possible to step out of the "protected space" of art and confront these resistances?

In the new building of the GfZK, a mixed form of exhibition and stage will be realised, comprising individual presentations, dance performances, lectures and workshops. Artistic works are presented for different durations and in changing compositions and made accessible through accompanying events.

Travestie für Fortgeschrittene

Julia Schäfer & Franciska Zólyom

In this publication, the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig shows works and results from its focus "Travestie für Fortgeschrittene" (Travesty for the Advanced), which was developed in the context of immigration debates, attacks on women, migrants and gays and lesbians.

The term travesty literally means "to dress over" (from Latin trans = over and vestire = to dress) and refers to a stage practice in which actors slip into the role of the opposite sex. Accordingly, the project "Travestie für Fortgeschrittene" (Travesty for the Advanced) was conceived as a series of transformations that oppose static and one-dimensional lifestyles and social models. The starting point for this was the critical examination of value concepts of a supposed majority society, which are consolidated through collective identities that are often shaped by demarcations.

Publication: 01.06.2017 Language: German, 120 pages, softcover with thread stitching ISBN: 978-3-902902-49-8