This Friday, 18th Oct THE QUEER ARCHIVE presents the opening of a the first UK exhibition of a Greek transgender artist, activist and prostitute PAOLA REVENIOTI’s work at London’s smallest but one of the most interesting Queer Art spaces – The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery (ie: the ladies loo at the George and Dragon in Shoreditch).
The exhibition curated by Konstantinos Menelaou of The Queer Archive consists of an installation of pages from Revenioti’s trans-anarchist fanzine KRAXIMO (1986-1992) and a selection of her photography from the same period.
Funded from the proceeds of REVENIOTI’s prostitution KRAXIMO featured articles on gay and trans rights, interviews with eminent poets and writers (including Dinos Christianopoulos and Félix Guattari), as well as controversial photographs of her encounters with boys.
Far from a self-concious style decision REVENIOTI’s choice of pink paper stock for her fanzine was an overt reference to the pink triangle used in Nazi concentration camps to distinguish homosexual male prisoners. One of the many aspects that expressed her revolutionary ethos at the time, but also shows her continuing relevance in the contemporary political climate in Greece. Her photographic subjects are her lovers and friends, encountered in flats and on the streets of Athens. Shot in black and white, they capture the aesthetic and the angst of the period. A step away from pornography, her approach is fuelled with passion and energy, displaying sensitivity and melancholy, evident in the unaffected faces of the boys, their provocative poses and in the imaginative use of light and shadows.
A prominent figure in Athen’s LGBT rights movement REVENIOTI also organised and financed the first gay pride in Greece, which took place in Athens in 1992. She is still active, working on documentary projects (The Paola Project Team) and publishing her writings and views on current political and social developments in Greece through the Internet.
Limited edition original prints made during the period 1986-1992 will be available on sale during the exhibition. All profits will go towards Paola’s current projects.
“The Queer Archive is a curated online platform for queer visual content and communication. It is a destination for all communities, an inspirational library of ideas, a point of reference beyond contemporary trends and persuasions. Our channels include an eclectic selection of feature and short films, art videos found on the internet or submitted by artists and curators. Our content covers current as well as older issues and our contributors span from a wide range of backgrounds and agendas.”
Opening Friday 18th October 2013, 8pm — Midnight at the George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2 DJ’s of the Night The Sugarlow Boys with a special performance by AMantoPet
The exhibition will be open 6pm – Midnight, 19th October – 3rd November