QNYI co-curated by Zvonimir Dobrović and André von Ah

time: 07.06.2012. - 15.06.2012.
place: New York, USA
organiser: QNYI
Queer New York International Arts Festival (QNYI) is a new festival of contemporary performance and visual art that explores and broadens the concept of “queer (in) art.” The Festival is set to take place from  7 to 15 June.

Co-curated by Zvonimir Dobrović, artistic director of Queer Zagreb and the Perforations Festival in Croatia, and art historian and curator André von Ah, the festival aims to dispel preconceived and stereotyped notions of “queer” and provide a platform for expanding the discourse about artistic practices.

The festival features works by an exciting lineup of artists including David Wampach (France), Ricci/Forte (Italy), Tadasu Takamine (Japan), François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea (France, Argentina), Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Cape Verde), Silvia Costa/Plumes dans la tête (Italy), Biljana Kosmogina (Serbia), Željko Zorica (Croatia), Igor Josifov (Macedonia), and the East Village Boys (U.S.). The festival is presented in partnership with The Abrons Arts Center—QNYI’s hub—with additional events presented at The Invisible Dog Art Center and The Impossible Project.

In discussing the festival, Dobrović and von Ah have stated that they want to “break through dominant ideas that limit and marginalize queer art, by creating a new concept of queer as a wider platform for excellence in arts, capable of tracking, discovering, and interpreting new trends while daring to speak openly about the norms that constitute society and art practice.”

QNYI will include a series of discussions and public programs organized by Andy Horwitz and Jeremy M. Barker of, and OUT magazine’s editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin. Dates and locations for these events will be posted on QNYI’s website: QNYI coincides with LaMaMa’s presentation of queer art during its 50th anniversary season.

QNYI is presented with support from Trust for Mutual Understanding, CEC ArtsLink, Institut Français, Serbian Ministry of Culture, the City of Zagreb, and FUSED – French U.S. Exchange in Dance.

(Source: kaltblut-magazin via Ricci Forte via F-book)

(D.H., 17.05.2012)