LGBTQI art and commitment: making history(s)

On the occasion of the publication of the book "Pour une esthétique de l'émancipation: construire les lignes d'un art queer" (éditions B42)
Isabelle Alfonsi talks with Renaud Chantraine (Collectif Archives LGBTQI), about the need today to make history and produce living archives by linking feminist and LGBTQI militancy to artistic practices.

Far from rereading art history by anachronistically applying the term "queer", used positively in militant circles since the late 1980s, "Pour une esthétique de l'émancipation" seeks to show how the writing of art history has reduced the importance of artists' political and emotional commitments and rendered inoperative the social impact of their works.

By imagining new friendships between artists from the past, Isabelle Alfonsi brings out a feminist and queer lineage for contemporary art. Twentieth-century artistic practices are thus placed in the context of the militancy for the defense of human rights and the formation of a radical feminist and anti-capitalist critique. Claude Cahun and Michel Journiac cross-reference the history of American minimalism, seen through Lynda Benglis, Lucy Lippard or Yvonne Rainer. The wars of representation waged during the AIDS crisis are read through the prism of Felix Gonzalez-Torres' works, José E.'s concept of disidentification. Muñoz and the cultural activism of the Boy/Girl with Arms Akimbo group in San Francisco in the 1980s.
Lafayette Anticipations
Thursday 14 Nov 2019
from 07:30 pm to 09 pm

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Born in 1979, Isabelle Alfonsi is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and University College London. In 2009, she created Marcelle Alix, a contemporary art gallery located in Belleville, which she co-directs with Cécilia Becanovic. Since 2014, she has been developing conferences on the lines of contemporary queer art, some of which have been performed in drag. Her book on the subject, "Pour une esthétique de l'émancipation", was published by B42, Paris, in September 2019.
Renaud Chantraine studied art history and museology at the École du Louvre, before starting a thesis in anthropology at EHESS in 2016. Based on militant forms of experience (Collectif Archives LGBTQI in Paris, Mémoire des sexualités in Marseille) and institutional (Mucem), his research focuses on the challenges of transmitting LGBTQI memories and the fight against HIV/AIDS.