installation : I.SL003
size : 70cm x 15cm
materials : Adhesive mirror print on mirror
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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