1 December 2011 - Short Message
"Do our views on #gender and #sexuality have an effect on our view of #art and historiography?"
...is the subtitle of the exhibition 'We Have A Body' where visitors are invited to test his/her consumption of art and cultural products on the textile sculptures and paintings by Danish artist Mette Winckelmann by questioning themselves how we are trained to read for example textile collages: Do we have a hetero-normative or homosexual-normative perspective? How do our ideas about the body and gender affect our view? On 2 December 2011, the exhibition 'We Have A Body' by visual artist Mette Winckelmann opens at the Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen. 'We Have A Body' runs until 29 January 2012.
Mette Winckelmann produces abstract paintings and fabric collages with focus on gender history by referencing cultural techniques from different countries such as patchwork quilts which symbolize the relationship of the sexes; a relationship which is constantly changing. Her art is developed from historically queer theory - a theory developed from feminist and homosexual research from the late 1980's.
"Queer theory is, despite its name, not a theory, but different perspectives and ways of looking at sexuality, culture and society. The queer theory focuses on normativity, both hetero-normativity and the normative homosexual essence thinking. It is important to underline that it is not heterosexuality that is the problem. Queer thought does not seek to impose new models on which sexuality is the most legitimate, but to criticize why sexuality should at all be a parameter for acceptance." is queer theory defined on occasion of the exhibition by the Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art.
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