queer/disrupt, a student-led research collective based at the University of Warwick, wants LGBT+ creators and allies to submit their work for a new exhibition and permanent archive on the theme of “Queering the Quarantine.”
All forms of creative work are welcome, from photography and visual arts to spoken word, sculpture and installations.
The piece submitted should be related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by either having been made during the pandemic or by being a comment on the pandemic from a queer perspective.
The aim of the project is to create a creative space for queer responses to the pandemic and to preserve these responses for future generations.
The Modern Records Centre, based at the University of Warwick, will digitise the archive for storage, and when lockdown rules permit, the collective plans to mount an exhibition in one of Coventry's major art spaces.
Hannah Ayres, co-convenor of queer/disrupt, said: "The experiences of queer individuals and the queer community are still too often ephemeral, hidden, and forgotten.
"By creating Queering the Quarantine we hope to capture the unique, creative responses of the LGBT+ community to this time of adversity."
Nick Cherryman, co-convenor of queer/disrupt, added: "We're inviting all people interested in queer topics and LGBT+ issues to participate in this project.
"We want to make sure people have an opportunity to share the challenges that are specific to LGBT+ folks in lockdown, for example, queer isolation; homophobia; unaware families and coming out during a time of crisis."
queer/disrupt are a research collective comprised of students and early-career researchers working in and around queer spaces, topics, and people. This project is done in collaboration with Slanguages and the Queer and Coloured project.
Prizes will be awarded to the artists who, in the opinion of the judging panel from queer/disrupt, Slanguage and the Queer and Coloured project, best use their creativity to capture the queer experience of the coronavirus pandemic.
All work should be submitted by Friday 11 December 2020.
For full details visit: https://www.queerdisrupt.com/index.php/queering-the-quarantine/
23 November 2020
Media Relations Manager
University of Warwick