26.06 - 01.12.2015
  Deutsches Historisches Museum / Schwules Museum*, Berlin, DE

An exhibition presented by the Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Schwules Museum*, jointly funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Kulturstiftung der Länder

With the exhibition “Homosexuality_ies”, the Schwules Museum* and the Deutsches Historisches Museum present 
the first comprehensive show on the history, politics and culture of homosexuality. Covering a total area of 1600 square meters, the show thematizes society's handling of homosexuality in light of social, juridical and scientific repression. 
It follows the gradual process of emancipation from the late 18th century into the present. Jointly funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Kulturstiftung der Länder, “Homosexuality_ies” will be on view at the Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Schwules Museum* simultaneously from 26 June to 1 December 2015. Given the ongoing, worldwide discourse on equal rights for homosexuals, both institutions see this exhibition as an act that positions a socially and politically current topic in the middle of society.
The exhibition at the DHM focuses on historical developments in society, politics, art, law and science since the " discovery " of homosexuality mid-19th century. Via a selection of artistic positions, the exhibition part of the Schwules Museum* explores the present and raises questions as to the future of gender codes and sexualities.

Until now, the history and culture of homosexual people have been conferred to the shadows of public memory. The exhibition “Homosexuality_ies” presents an impressive abundance of materials, formats and media that offer a broad public insight into the multi-faceted and nuanced history. It acknowledges the cultural-historical achievement of homosexual emancipation, which has transformed society's understanding of gender identity. Homosexual cultures and approaches to life have sharpened awareness of the limitations of traditional gender codes and demanded recognition for the diversity of alternative models of living. “Homosexuality_ies” strikes out the usual perception that equates homosexuals with gay men, emphasizing the vital roles lesbian activists have played in all these developments. 

The show traces the history of homosexuality_ies in ten chapters, concluding with the present. It demonstrates how same-sex sexuality and divergent gender identities have been criminalized through legislation, pathologized in medicine and excluded from society. Exhibits include a copy of the first secular criminal provisions effective for the entire German territory, the “Constitutio Criminalis Carolina” from the mid-16th century which, drawing on religious traditions, punishes sexual acts “against nature” between women and men alike with “death by fire”. A letter handwritten by the author Karl Maria Kertbeny in 1868 will also be on view. That letter contains the first use of the terms homosexual and heterosexual. Since science began concerning itself with sexuality, homosexuality designated a divergence from the “normal”. The exhibition thus illustrates the efforts to diagnose and “cure” sexual and gender “deviations” in medicine and psychology. As a counterpoint, models by researchers including Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Magnus Hirschfeld and Judith Butler represent efforts past and present to establish understanding for sexual and gender diversity. 

A core section of the exhibition focuses on the lesbian and gay movement, particularly after the legal liberalization that occurred over the course of the 1960s. This section features a plethora of exhibits including flyers, press materials, posters, photographs, videos and objects – such as a preserved original educational brochure from 1901 by the very first homosexual civil rights association, the “Scientific-Humanitarian Committee”. Other exhibits include the script from “Coming Out” (1989), the first and last official film on homosexuality in East Germany, and footage of the “Muff Mobile” at Christopher Street Day 1998 in Berlin. 

In closing, “Homosexuality_ies” aims to present contemporary debates and raise questions as to the future of gender codes and sexualities. It shows how new coalitions of trans*, inter* and queer-feminist protagonists are propelling the recognition of sexual and gender diversity in society right now. Aside from historical developments, the exhibition displays a wide range of subjective experiences: One chapter is dedicated to very personal “Coming Out” stories. Another highlights the cross-over from the personal to the political, where codes in clothes, style and manner are exhibited, which transformed over time from signs used to identify oneself to like-minded fellows into offensive tactical manifestations in public. 

A selection of works by contemporary international artists comment on the exhibition's themes in a variety of ways. Artists include Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Heather Cassils, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Nicole Eisenman, Katarzyna Kozyra, Tamara de Lempicka, Lee Lozano, Jeanne Mammen, Zanele Muholi, Henrik Olesen, Sturtevant, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Andy Warhol.

The majority of the exhibits originate from private initiatives that have conferred their collections to archives such as the lesbian archive Spinnboden, the feminist archives FFBIZ and Grauzone, Cologne's Frauenmediaturm and the Archive at the Schwules Museum*. In that respect, this show funded substantially by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Kulturstiftung der Länder raises a fundamental question regarding how the topic of “Homosexuality_ies” can be represented and presented properly in museums and archives. 

 The exhibition has been curated by Dr. Birgit Bosold, Dr. Dorothée Brill and Detlef Weitz, with research contributed by Dr. Sarah Bornhorst, Noemi Molitor and Kristine Schmidt. 
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Among contemporary realities, Roberta Orlando's work takes part in Homosexuality_ies.
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The Message

Thanks to everyone who took part in it.
Messages for change. Different venues, same hope.



STOFF 2015

21st - 25th October 2015
Stockholm, Sweden


The Message will be presented at #STOFF2015.

 #Social #Change #Message #Fringe #Stoffholm



The commitment continues to grow in LGBTI rights.
Glad to speak for LGBTI persons around the world and, most of all, 
for all those who don't have voice enough.

Raising awareness.




Love. Respect. Tolerance. Equality. Acceptance.

We ALL are doing something amazing and important.
Keep it up! 


Thank you, Conchita.


The Message

performance, 2015

A circle. A public board. 
 Your ideas. 

Pass by and share a message for the change! 
 Everyone is welcome to take part in it and speak up!

The Message will be presented at Stockholm Fringe Festival 2015.



Tecnologies Arts Territories

Sept. 25th - Oct 4th 2015
Alghero, IT

THE EXHIBITION is an opportunity to reflect on a new dimension of technology, 
in which technology is the preferred means to see, discover, and interpret territories. 
The relationship between technology and nature, which until recently seemed to be 
inevitably one of subtle contrast, now unfolds to an indispensable union. 
Multimedia technologies are part of our perception of 
reality by amplifying and enriching our daily life.
Not changing it or altering it, but revealing it: an epiphany that re-dimensions our days and places.
Technology opens the boundaries of time and space, 
it reads the historical fact and makes it meet with the geographic reality; 
it meets the human dimension to then emphasize and preserve it.
The development of identity, starting with the understanding of the origins and of the human, sensitive, constantly changing and unexpected side of technology, is the guideline in 
the search of 10 artists who establish a dialogue beyond their geographical origins.

LITS (Leave Immediately The Space) will be shown at Tecnologies Arts Territories.