sylvie lehmers

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installation : I.SL003

size : 70cm x 15cm

materials : Adhesive mirror print on mirror

Installation in-situ

 

collective show Balak #11

october 10 2020 at 7pm to 1am

in Charleville-Mézières' public bathrooms

curator : Mehryl Levisse

 

artists : EVA & ADELE, Ron Athey, Bottereau & Fiquet, Ali Cherri, William E. Jones, Tom of Finland, John Hanning, Keith Haring, Sophie Hasslauer, Balthazar Heisch, Sylvie Lehmers, Mehryl Levisse, Brontez Purnell, Frankie Rice, Arthur Rimbaud, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Ben Tollefson, Jean-Luc Verna, John Waters, Jenkin van Zyl

 

archives images from : Colour By Icons Historical LGBTQ colouring Book produced by Never Apart and Michael Venus,

Transgender Archives - University of Victoria,

GLBT Historical Society - Museum & Archives of San Francisco

 

show with text by Elisabeth Lebovici

 

Balak's exhibitions are to be placed in a space not dedicated to art (Balak is an interjection in Darija - Moroccan dialect - mixture of Berber, Arabic, Spanish and French that the street vendors shout in the medinas of Morocco, and meaning "Get out of there, I'm coming!"), this exhibition takes place in the public toilets of Charleville-Mézières, located on Place Ducale.

 

The toilets aren't used for their function, they become an exhibition space.

In LGBTQIA + history, public toilets are important, it was and still is a possible meeting place, in countries where homosexuality is prohibited and reprehensible, public toilets are the space where LGBTQIA + people have the possibility of having sexuality, whether tactile or just voyeuristic. Space of freedom as well as social pressure for transgender people, public toilets designating and separating the "ladies" space (women, girls) from the "gentlemen" space (men, boys).

In the 50's, 60's, 70's in the United States they were the place of possibilities for our community which suffered repression and police violence, they were called "Tearooms", similar spaces could be found in parks and spaces hidden audiences.

 

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click to access at the text by Elisabeth Lebovici.

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