Queerification by Writing
February - May 2023
The goal of the “Queerification by Writing” workshop and talk program is to liberate and queerify objects of culture and art from racist, sexist and heteronormative narratives imposed on these objects by authoritarian institutions and individuals by commenting (writing)based on the continuous reproduction of the meanings of such cultural and artistic objects. This workshop, utilizing the performative potential in objects and seeing queer reading as a form of activism that should become more common, targets actors who write in the field of culture and art. Patrick Steorn, who is a curator and an academician, emphasizes that objects that are not directly involved in queer visual culture can also have queer meanings waiting to be revealed. Even without changing a collection, it is possible to enlighten visitors about the meanings that a work of art can have for different groups. The Rijksmuseum's queer tours are a good example in this context.*
Considering written interpretation as an important form of resistance, this culture and art writing program aims to undermine the singular, hegemonic explanations that are wanted to be fixed in objects, sometimes with a historical excavation work, sometimes with a speculation, sometimes with a creative fiction and to pluralize the narratives. The four-month program will host eleven different guests from different disciplines and cultures, with five online talks, five online workshops and one face-to-face workshop. The face-to-face workshop, which will take place for two days in Izmir, aims to bring a permanent interpretation to the city by establishing a relationship with the collections in the city's culture and art institutions. The website of the program will present basic texts on queer theory along with new and valuable studies in the field, and will translate English-based academic production into Turkish.
* “pink tour” by Arnout van Krimpen.