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Ania Nowak

Ania Nowak

area: Performance, Text

Future Tongues

Photo: Maurycy Stankiewicz

Future Tongues

Photo: Maurycy Stankiewicz

Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

Photo: Bartosz Górka

Photo: : Bartosz Górka

To the Aching Parts! (Manifesto)

Photo: Anu Czerwiński

Key Facts

nationality

Poland

area

Performance, Text

residence

Berlin

recommending institution

frei_raum Q21 exhibition space

time period

March 2021 - March 2021

Project info

Recently somebody said on social media that a pandemic is not a residency. We are seeing mass death and despair all around us. We are isolated and fear illness. Given these circumstances, during my stay at Q21 I am looking into spatial, emotional and aesthetic manifestations of endurance and grief. My focus is on the relationship between queer grief and the aesthetic and affective tropes of 17th and early 18th century Baroque style. The research combines a closer inspection of normative spaces of grief, like St Charles Church built after the plague epidemic in Vienna (1713) with a look into contemporary queer mourning rituals linked to the AIDS epidemic and queer modes of community making through celebration and dance. By juxtaposing Baroque’s opulence and focus on transience of all things with queer flamboyance and emotional exuberance as strategies of overcoming trauma and loss, I want to look closer at endurance and sustainability as urgencies organising our current emotional and political climate.

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