Finissage Maggessi / Morusiewicz | there is room to sprawl – time freezes in a sense

19.05.2023 | 19:00

Friday Night the exhibition, “there’s room to sprawl, time freezes in a sense” ends with the finissage, during which Maggessi/Morusiewicz will screen three films that further extend and contextualize their artistic-research practice.

Dialoguing with queer, postcolonial, and (post)migrant artistic and theoretical perspectives, the duo works with archival material and fictional narratives that they condense and expand in intimate ways into queer futures and in-between spaces, material and ephemeral.

In their practice, Maggessi/ Morusiewicz are interested in lingering moments of unpredictable narrative sprawl.
In their references, they reach to several different film and literature genres, like Cold-War science-fiction films, made in the United States, the Soviet Union, Poland, and Japan and pre-AIDS artistic gay porn . Both genres have decelerated narratives in common.

In the gay porn films of Jack Deveau, Joe Gage or Wakefield Poole, the protagonists are shown doing everyday activities such as cooking eggs for breakfast, taking a shower, going for a walk or just sitting around chatting.
The narrative presence and meaning of scenes without sexual intercourse is expanded.

Apart from generating blissful mood, such scenes also normalize sexual activity. And this is a politically important agenda for Maggessi/Morusiewicz, both of whom originate from nation states (Brazil, Poland) with a long history of complicated and violent sexual politics, largely informed by the homophobic, sexist and misogynist discourses cultivated by religion-heavy right-wing state policies.

You can read more about the exhibition and finissage under Events here on our website (also in German 🙂

We cordially invite you to visit the exhibition on Friday, watch the films and spend a good evening with us.

Photo: Ana Rodriguez

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