Zoe Leonard: speaking up as a vital and powerful political act

‘I want a dyke for president. I want a person with AIDS for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance…’ is Zoe Leonard’s most famous work, a poem that is a cry for social justice. Written in 1992 and in collaboration with the artist, the text was printed and distributed by feminist collectives in support of AIDS.

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Programme with new perspectives about History of Art

Art stories from Barcelona it's project born with the intention of disseminating other stories in the history of art and placing them in the Barcelona of the last century. It is an educational resource to work in high school with the desire to open spaces in the classroom from which to question the hegemonic discourse of art and make visible other art stories that coexist within the history of the art.

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The dissident subjectivities of Cabello/Carceller

'Our work was made with pencil on the wall and somehow died on it. Our drawn sexes were surrounded by our silhouettes, also drawn and penetrated by mirrors, a conceptual metaphor that landed them in the world of the surreal.' A pair of female genitalia made up of small fragments from a broken mirror have been inserted in the wall so that they reflect one another. Cabello/Carceller claim women’s sexuality and their right to show it, as well as the freedom to choose one’s own sexual options.

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Queer-feminist cultural expressions and political practices, Fefa Vila

Fefa Vila focuses on how and why queer-feminist practices burst onto the political and cultural scene in the late 1980s, and specifically in Spain in the 1990s. Some works have already dealt with the influence of these queer-feminist contributions in other countries and cultural contexts, but to a lesser extent in Spain. But their impact, and especially the anti-regulation agenda that they deployed, is still valid today.

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The Queer Art of Failure, Jack Halberstam, Lucía Egaña Rojas and Javier Sáez

The Queer Art of Failure (Duke University Press Books, 2011) takes examples from popular culture—animated films, comics, etc.—and feminist art to explain that failure, in the sense of failing to fit into successful social or gender norms or heteronormative frameworks, isn’t actually so bad after all. In fact, it sparks creativity and lets us live in less heterocentric or ciscentric ways.

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Sida by Élisabeth Lebovici

Along with pain, fear and death, the emergence of AIDS in the 1980s brought about an ‘epidemic of meaning’: a crisis of representation that required new alliances between art and activism to intervene in the public sphere and demand other political, medical and informative ways of addressing the disease.

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The artist has to face the unknown with a positive mood and sink his teeth in without fear.
Eduardo Chillida