by Simon Olmetti
To reclaim “the land” for queer people means to travel through time, space and beyond normative notions of reality to find new ways of living with and in nature, a quest which becomes at the same time a spiritual endeavour.
18 January 2023 - 24 February 2023
10:00 - 17:00 (GMT)
James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham, Falkner Road, Surrey GU9 7DS
This exhibition stems from three years of practice-based research for a PhD in Fine Arts, focusing on the intersection between Land art, Queer Spirit and neo-materialism. It consists of five videos and a creative writing piece/poem attempting to disrupt (hetero)normative idea(l)s of (being in) nature, together with unsettling historical art practices such as Land art.
Using a neo-materialist perspective built upon theorists including José E. Muñoz, Karen Barad and Donna Haraway, nature becomes vital and vibrant matter, its particles are all constantly reconfiguring/reconstructing/affecting one another, always in flux and becoming-with, in constant “trans-formation”. Nature is indeed intrinsically queer. At the same time, queering becomes a spiritual process unveiling its inherent making-kin properties, joining every thing there is in multispecies modalities. We are always all connected, humans and more-than-humans, in unpredictable and multiple ways.
Using video and creative writing makes queering a space for speculative world-making, a process to re-imagine and re-think our relationship with nature and the other(s), human and more-than-human, ultimately reclaiming the land for queer visions and new ways of being together.
“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with” (Haraway, D.J., 2016. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press, pg. 12).
For more inforamation about the artist visit HERE