Creative direction, exhibition, activism.
Love and freedom to express love have always been among the most fundamental human needs, essential to build a happy and meaningful life. Yet, we can still encounter public opinions that perceive queer people as outsiders that have no place in our history. When people argue that homosexuality and the LGBT movement are trends "that were born in Western Europe," it’s no surprise - our history textbooks contain no mentions of homosexuality in our region.
What were the obstacles faced by men who loved men and women who loved women in the past? Were they able to find love in a time when society denied their human nature? Who were the first people in Czechoslovakia and Hungary who decided to fight “an ethical fight” for their dignity and right to self-identification?
This exhibition reveals the unknown stories of forbidden love over the past hundred years that still have a lot to teach us today.
A voice reading the notes of Imrich Matyáš describing a long and humiliating interrogation on his sexuality guides visitors through this unpleasant experience.
If I knew something like this was happening when I was twelve, I'd be much more relieved at that time. Thank you. Nina.
Though we didn't see Ru at the exhibiton we like to believe she was there.
Two printed illustrations based on historic photos and minimalist apparel featuring an embroidered gradient loading bar.
11. 9. - 15. 10. 2020
1. - 29. 3. 2021
Alšovo nábřeží, near Rudofinum
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Arcanum, ba.foxy archive, archives of Jaromír Břoušek, archives of: Háttér, Iniciatíva Inakosť, Společnost pro queer paměť, Jana Jablonická-Zezulová, Jan Seidl, Judit Erzsébet Szabó, Gábor Takács-Bencze, Judit Takács, Zoltán Tölgyesy, TASR, wikimedia.org