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Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on Queer topics. Our goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

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23.07.2021 5—7pm

A talk by Lynnée Denise

Lynnée Denise

Lynnée Denise was shaped as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. She’s an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Lynnée Denise coined the phrase ‘DJ Scholarship’ to reposition the role of the DJ from a party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian and information specialist of music with critical value.

Through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations at universities, conferences and performance venues, Lynnée Denise harnesses music as a medium for vital public dialogue on how to transform the way that music of the Black Atlantic is understood in its social context and beyond entertainment.

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23.07.2021 3—5pm

Vondel CS

Event Alliantie Zichtbaarheid & Pride

We are: Abou Nawas, Amsterdam Museum, Beards of Berlin, Black Pride, Colourful Pride, COC Amsterdam, Fite Qlub, LGBTQI+ Youth Performance Initiative, Papaya Kuir, Pride Photo, Queer Currents, Queer is not a Manifesto, Sehaq, Stichting Art. 1, Stichting Inclusief, Stichting Pera, Stichting OndersteBoven, Survibes, Transcreen, Transketeers and Trans United

23.07.2021 5—7pm

Vondel CS

Start expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

24.07.2021 1—3pm

Het Hem

Abundance tour

Jennifer Muntslag

About Chapter 4OUR
“We must bring about the end of the world as we know it.”

—Denise Ferreira da Silva
Chapter 4OUR: Abundance refuses the current structures of reality. Abundance opposes the idea of identity stasis. Abundance refutes the notion that you can be knowable and that you must show yourself visibly, that you have to come out proud and sound coherent. Abundance assumes that everything already exists; no existing form is obligated to defend or prove itself. Thinking from abundance is a philosophical attempt that recognizes current identity frames, but also encourages to refuse and surpass them. Abundance is the wealth of presence.

The artworks and public program that create Chapter 4OUR: Abundance defy the mentality of scarcity that dominates society, normalizing hierarchical differentiation, comparison and competition. Our motto—“We must bring about the end of the world as we know it.” – follows philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s emphasis on knowledge. We strongly believe in exclusion in order to include, selection and classification, categorization to claim inclusivity. Instead of centralizing one way of being, one way of knowing, one way of storytelling, Da Silva challenges us to think the impossible; to approach the world and each other radically different.

What if everything has a right to exist without any proof of purpose, goal, distinct characteristic, hierarchy, priority, or profit? That is abundance. And what else it might be? That’s the infinite imagination “Abundance” demands.

Chapter 4OUR: Abundance was developed by a team of curators from Het HEM in dialogue with Simon(e) van Saarloos.

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24.07.2021 8.45—10pm

Vondel CS

Vanilla by Kevin Gumbs

Performers: Evert Vikram, Mattijs van Werkhooven, David Cham & Otmar Martina

Biography:
Dance performance by Kevin Gumbs—Presenting the new performance “VANILLA”
The characteristics that have traditionally defined masculinity no longer apply to the modern understanding of what masculinity truly entails. The contemporary approach to gender has become much more fluid, free and out of the box. The lines between masculinity and femininity are blurred. Both of these energies are emotional, assertive, homemakers, providers, and childcarers. The parameters that used to delineate the image of masculinity are no longer relevant in defining our gender and sexual preferences.

Performers:
Evert Vikram
Mattijs van Werkhooven
David Cham
Otmar Martina

Kevin Gumbs, 29, is an Aruban professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Kevin is one of the youngest choreographers on the island to present five productions in Cas di Cultura, Aruba. Having been in love with dance his whole life, Kevin moved to the Netherlands in 2010 to study professional dance. Throughout his studies, he would return to Aruba to organize summer dance camps, choreograph performances, and to do an internship. Kevin studied at the Utrechtse Dance Academy and graduated in 2013 as a dance teacher and professional dancer. Afterwards, he enrolled in the Theatre and Dance Academy in Amsterdam. There, he was admitted into the Dance Teacher Program. Kevin graduated in 2018 and received his Bachelor Degree as a dance teacher.

Over the course of the past years, Kevin has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. He has choreographed several dance performances. Kevin has also had the privilege of working with well-known Aruban and international artists. He has performed in several dance and theatre productions across Europe, in addition to international projects. In 2019, Kevin was selected to partake in the Wereld Museau Rotterdam’s Super Straat video installation. Kevin was chosen to play one of the personas in the installation, which will be visible until 2024. Additionally, Kevin has appeared in starring roles in commercials across the Netherlands. At present, Kevin is focused and dedicated to his teaching career. He currently teaches at the Utrecht Dance Academy and at the Theatre and Dance Academy in Amsterdam.

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24.07.2021

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

25.07.2021 10am—12pm

Noord

Queering Amsterdam Noord

Cor Boots

A bike tour along an “unexpected” diversity of safe spaces, two inconspicuous sculptures of two women kissing and two sitting, a proposed red light district and a brewery with a beer called “Mannenliefde”. Start at the bottom of the stairs of Eye

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25.07.2021 2—4pm

Queer tour: Pride Photo Expo

Hein-Jan Keijzer

The Pride Photo Exhibition 2021, where we show the winning images from our 2020 contest, alongside a selection of further photos that have been specially selected by our Curator. The images offer a glimpse into lives and worlds that are familiar to some people, and may be surprising, new, or even a little uncomfortable for others. We want to encourage visitors to think about sexual and gender diversity in a low-threshold and respectful manner, ultimately, we hope to start a dialogue about prejudice, and the often plighted human rights situation the LGBTQ+ community faces worldwide. The exhibition travels throughout The Netherlands.

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25.07.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

26.07.2021 5—7pm

A queer.obj

Diederik Kreike

Diederik Kreike neemt je met a queer.obj mee in een digitale zoektocht naar nieuwe tools tot zelfreflectie en het opnieuw uitrenderen van diens fluïde identiteit.

Een driedimensionale webcam sessie met een self-generated, digitaal lichaam. Hoe zat het ook alweer met “de digitale wereld”? We deep-faken de waarheid, stappen in ons algoritme als een warm bad of proberen tevergeefs onder de radar te blijven.

Voor de één is het een wereld vol gevaren, maar voor sommigen is het een bevrijdende, fluïde tussen-realiteit vol mogelijkheden. Die nieuwe mogelijkheden leiden tot nieuwe verhalen over onszelf. Performer en theatermaker Diederik Kreike onderzoekt onze menselijke driften en verlangens, bewegend rond de thema’s identiteit, queer culture en de nacht.

Met a queer.obj leidt die je in een digitale zoektocht naar nieuwe tools tot zelfreflectie: een driedimensionale webcam sessie met diens self-generated, digitale lichaam. “.obj” is een bestandsformaat om 3D-modellen mee aan te duiden.

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26.07.2021 10am—6pm

United Painters: QUEER

Thamon Ihsan van Blokland, Dre Urhahn, Marije Lytske Hester, Ebrima, Zalla & Asu

United Painting was born out of the Favela Painting project in Rio de Janeiro and consists of a collective of artists, writers and designers with a shared passion for creating massive artworks in unexpected places all around the world.

Ranging from refugee camps to public squares, United Painting is a growing movement of creative activism, embracing anyone who likes to join—as we believe that: united we paint, divided we fail…

26.07.2021

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

27.07.2021 5—7pm

Vondel CS

Queer Bible Study 1

Essemie van Dunne

Anyone who recognizes that sexuality is more than childbearing has far too often been unable to find a place in the church. These churches claim to use the Bible as a source. Is that right?

And, at all reasonable, as a church, to base ideas about morality so specifically on the Bible. Fortunately, there are churches where they think differently. Do we dare to open the Bible? And we dare to be inspired by stories and texts, which we can read differently than is so often the case. And we can read stories about inclusivity. About Biblical heroes who do not meet the prescribed image.

Essemie van Dunné, pastor of Doopsgezind Amsterdam, married to a woman, likes to read the Bible differently than many are used to.

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27.07.2021 10am—6pm

United Painters: QUEER

Thamon Ihsan van Blokland, Dre Urhahn, Marije Lytske Hester, Ebrima, Zalla & Asu

United Painting was born out of the Favela Painting project in Rio de Janeiro and consists of a collective of artists, writers and designers with a shared passion for creating massive artworks in unexpected places all around the world.

Ranging from refugee camps to public squares, United Painting is a growing movement of creative activism, embracing anyone who likes to join—as we believe that: united we paint, divided we fail…

27.07.2021

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

28.07.2021 2—4pm

West

Queering Amsterdam West (part 1)

Cor Boots

A bike tour along a queer church in ’69, art by Willem Aroundeus and Keith Haring and paying respect to a buried queer singer surounded by though guys on a gave yard: start at Vondelkerk

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28.07.2021 10am—6pm

United Painters: QUEER

Thamon Ihsan van Blokland, Dre Urhahn, Marije Lytske Hester, Ebrima, Zalla & Asu

United Painting was born out of the Favela Painting project in Rio de Janeiro and consists of a collective of artists, writers and designers with a shared passion for creating massive artworks in unexpected places all around the world.

Ranging from refugee camps to public squares, United Painting is a growing movement of creative activism, embracing anyone who likes to join—as we believe that: united we paint, divided we fail…

28.07.2021 5—6pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

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28.07.2021

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

28.07.2021 8—10pm

Vondel CS

Narrow Lines by LGBT Youth Performance

Performers: Micki Visser, Daniel Wolin, Tessel ten Zweege, Jip Wijnstra, Michael Srikanti. Curators Narrow Lines: Marlieke Burghouts & Daniel Wolin.

Narrow Lines is a performance evening for the new generation LGBTIQ+ performance artists. They are between 19 and 25 years old and not afraid to investigate, question, criticize and celebrate their identities and the society around them. They are dancers, writers, poets, illustrators, musicians, performing artists and actors.

Performers: Daniel Wolin, Micki Visser, Tessel ten Zweege, Jip Wijnstra, Michael Srikanti.
This evening is curated by Marlieke Burghouts and Daniel Wolin.

The LGBT Youth Performance Initiative Amsterdam is a performance project for LGBTIQ+ youth between 16 and 22 years old. The core of the project is to create an artistically challenging performance that addresses topics that broadens, enriches and strengthens the Dutch (LGBTIQ+) youth culture. The young performers research how they can contribute to the emancipation process of the LGBTIQ+ community. Through fine arts, performance arts and social media they question spaces and identities through reimagining and recreating them. They search for new and bigger spaces for their words and their bodies to take shape.

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28.07.2021 8.30pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

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29.07.2021 11am—1pm

Queer tour: Zijn Joden Wit?

Gideon Querido van Frank

Anti-Semitism is back: in the Netherlands the number of anti-Semitic incidents rose by 126 percent from 2017 to 2019. In a large-scale survey conducted in twelve European Member States, 90 percent of the Jews surveyed indicate that anti-Semitism is on the rise and nearly half of European Jewish youth have experienced anti-Semitism in the past five years. Yet Jews and hatred of Jews are rarely mentioned in this time, when anti-racism and other emancipation movements are becoming more and more in solidarity with each other. What is going on here? In Are Jews white? the Jewish Cultural Quarter, together with guest curators Gideon Querido van Frank, Lievnath Faber and Anousha Nzume, will explore where Jews are (placed) on the spectrum of current identity and representation politics. Are they seen as perpetrators or victims? Privileged or disadvantaged? How do they see this? And how do others perceive them? Are Jews white? includes a video installation with interviews in the Kunstkabinet of the Jewish Historical Museum.

In collaboration with various locations in Amsterdam, an extensive program of events is organised with debates, performances and interviews. Are Jews white? is on view now, in the Kunstkabinet in the Jewish Historical Museum.

Tickets

29.07.2021 10am—6pm

United Painters: QUEER

Thamon Ihsan van Blokland, Dre Urhahn, Marije Lytske Hester, Ebrima, Zalla & Asu

United Painting was born out of the Favela Painting project in Rio de Janeiro and consists of a collective of artists, writers and designers with a shared passion for creating massive artworks in unexpected places all around the world.

Ranging from refugee camps to public squares, United Painting is a growing movement of creative activism, embracing anyone who likes to join—as we believe that: united we paint, divided we fail…

29.07.2021 5—6pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

Tickets

29.07.2021 5—7pm

Vondel CS

Queering Arabic and Islamic Art

with Dina Aboul Fotouh, Manal Aziz, Musa Al Shadeedi, Elias Karam & Neil van der Linden

Panel discussion with Dina Aboul Fotouh, Manal Aziz, Musa Al Shadeedi, Elias Karam & Neil van der Linden.

Tickets

Live Stream

29.07.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

29.07.2021 8.30—9.30pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

Tickets

30.07.2021 3—6pm

Proud Aliens (opening)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

30.07.2021 10am—6pm

United Painters: QUEER

Thamon Ihsan van Blokland, Dre Urhahn, Marije Lytske Hester, Ebrima, Zalla & Asu

United Painting was born out of the Favela Painting project in Rio de Janeiro and consists of a collective of artists, writers and designers with a shared passion for creating massive artworks in unexpected places all around the world.

Ranging from refugee camps to public squares, United Painting is a growing movement of creative activism, embracing anyone who likes to join—as we believe that: united we paint, divided we fail…

30.07.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

31.07.2021 12—2pm

Queer tour: Pride Photo Expo

Hein-Jan Keijzer

The Pride Photo Exhibition 2021, where we show the winning images from our 2020 contest, alongside a selection of further photos that have been specially selected by our Curator. The images offer a glimpse into lives and worlds that are familiar to some people, and may be surprising, new, or even a little uncomfortable for others. We want to encourage visitors to think about sexual and gender diversity in a low-threshold and respectful manner, ultimately, we hope to start a dialogue about prejudice, and the often plighted human rights situation the LGBTQ+ community faces worldwide. The exhibition travels throughout The Netherlands.

Tickets

31.07.2021 12—6pm

Proud Aliens (expo)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

31.07.2021 2—4pm

Zuid

Queering Amsterdam Zuid (part 1)

Cor Boots

A bike tour along an idyllic rose garden, rainbow stairs to heaven and a permanent queer Art Zuid: start by the bronze statue in the Rose Garden in the Vondelpark

Tickets

31.07.2021 5—7pm

UTOPIA (opening)

Nastassia Winge & Ryan Blackwell

After a long period without exhibiting any artists’ work due to lockdown, Beyond Photography proudly presents an exhibition in collaboration with Pride Amsterdam titled UTOPIA.

Held at the legendary NDSM Fuse, Beyond Photography will be hosting a two week long, free exhibition celebrating queer life in Amsterdam. UTOPIA is an exploration into an idyllic vision of queer life in Amsterdam. Embracing community, history, and the deep and rich value of queer being, Beyond Photography invites a range of Amsterdam creatives across a range of disciplines to portray a view of a utopian future for the LGBTQIA+ community. The exhibition aims to explore how people from differing queer backgrounds view and hope for a better future of queer life. UTOPIA encourages artists to think about the symbiotic ways in which art from a range of disciplines and image based media (such as photography, film, AI coding, 3D rendering, and audiovisual installation) can come together to showcase the curated theme of a queer utopia. The brief encourages openness and exploration: no topic or form of creation is off limits. UTOPIA will be hosted at NDSM Fuse and will be open from the 31st of July until the 15th of August. Throughout the exhibition, Beyond Photography will bring a series of public online panel talks free to watch to the public. These talks will engage with artists from the exhibition as well as other members of the queer community in various creative roles in Amsterdam. This way, UTOPIA is set to be the educative centre of Pride Amsterdam 2021, offering the public an informative, inclusive and intersectional experience. We are thrilled to announce our amazing intersectional and multidisciplinary line up of artists, who are all pillars in the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community. We proudly welcome to UTOPIA: Supernature, ChelseaBoy (Drags of Anarchy), Marcela Ferri, Martine Kamara, Queer Skateclub Amsterdam, Aoibhin Killeen & Stella Marbles and Arthur Candio. UTOPIA will be an invigorating yet raw approach to exhibition curation, igniting a passion for positive change and creating a sense of community across intersectional backgrounds. The voices raised by the Beyond Photography platform highlight the strides in which the queer community has made, and also the progress that we wish to make.

31.07.2021

NDSM fuse

Panel Talk

Gijs

31.07.2021 3—5pm

Vondel CS

Opening expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek (special event)

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

Tickets

Live Stream

01.08.2021 12—6pm

Proud Aliens (expo)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

01.08.2021 12—6pm

UTOPIA

Nastassia Winge & Ryan Blackwell

After a long period without exhibiting any artists’ work due to lockdown, Beyond Photography proudly presents an exhibition in collaboration with Pride Amsterdam titled UTOPIA.

Held at the legendary NDSM Fuse, Beyond Photography will be hosting a two week long, free exhibition celebrating queer life in Amsterdam. UTOPIA is an exploration into an idyllic vision of queer life in Amsterdam. Embracing community, history, and the deep and rich value of queer being, Beyond Photography invites a range of Amsterdam creatives across a range of disciplines to portray a view of a utopian future for the LGBTQIA+ community. The exhibition aims to explore how people from differing queer backgrounds view and hope for a better future of queer life. UTOPIA encourages artists to think about the symbiotic ways in which art from a range of disciplines and image based media (such as photography, film, AI coding, 3D rendering, and audiovisual installation) can come together to showcase the curated theme of a queer utopia. The brief encourages openness and exploration: no topic or form of creation is off limits. UTOPIA will be hosted at NDSM Fuse and will be open from the 31st of July until the 15th of August. Throughout the exhibition, Beyond Photography will bring a series of public online panel talks free to watch to the public. These talks will engage with artists from the exhibition as well as other members of the queer community in various creative roles in Amsterdam. This way, UTOPIA is set to be the educative centre of Pride Amsterdam 2021, offering the public an informative, inclusive and intersectional experience. We are thrilled to announce our amazing intersectional and multidisciplinary line up of artists, who are all pillars in the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community. We proudly welcome to UTOPIA: Supernature, ChelseaBoy (Drags of Anarchy), Marcela Ferri, Martine Kamara, Queer Skateclub Amsterdam, Aoibhin Killeen & Stella Marbles and Arthur Candio. UTOPIA will be an invigorating yet raw approach to exhibition curation, igniting a passion for positive change and creating a sense of community across intersectional backgrounds. The voices raised by the Beyond Photography platform highlight the strides in which the queer community has made, and also the progress that we wish to make.

01.08.2021 2—4pm

Oost

Queering Amsterdam Oost

Cor Boots

A bike tour along safe spaces and so called “safe spaces”, a rainbow flag neighbourhood, an unattractive area to cruise and a venue of an aesthetic movement. Start at the Benno Premsela-house at the Wibautstraat

Tickets

01.08.2021 9—11pm

TRANSCREEN—Queer Porno

David Snels & Femke Petter

Ca. 75 minuten
During the sultry summer evenings of Queer Currents, TranScreen raises the temperature with an old-fashioned queer porn night. Expect a wide selection of the crème de la crème of recent queer porn, after which the Slutty Summer will surely erupt.

Tickets

01.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

02.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

02.08.2021 5—6pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

Tickets

02.08.2021 8—11pm

Vondel CS

De Roze Revolutie

Michiel van Erp

In the four-part series “The Pink Revolution”, director Michiel van Erp examines the history of the LGBTQIA+ movement in the Netherlands over the past fifty years from his personal astonishment.

A movement of free-spirited people who celebrate that everyone is different. He takes stock in intimate conversations. What about the hard-won achievements and what about all those letters?

In 1975 Michiel van Erp found out that he is gay, since then he has been part of the LGBTQIA+ community and has experienced “everything”. From the growing freedoms that the movement conquered in the 1970s, the AIDS wave that followed, to the growing intolerance against LGBTQIA+ people today. Van Erp has the story told from the inside by the people who were already there half a century ago and those who are now making themselves heard. Archive images of personal and joint key moments literally frame their stories in a studio specially equipped for the series. The personal conversations show emotional ups and downs: the freedom to be yourself is a great good that still needs to be fought for and celebrated.

Tickets

02.08.2021 8.30—9.30pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

Tickets

03.08.2021 12—6pm

Proud Aliens (expo)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

03.08.2021 5—7pm

TRANSCREEN—Drag Kids

David Snels & Femke Petter

Megan Wennberg
Canada
2019
78 minutes
English spoken
No subtitles

After a fully digital edition this year, TranScreen is excited to organize a physical film screening during Queer Currents! For this evening we are screening the 2019 documentary Drag Kids!

This marvellously entertaining and touching documentary chronicles four very different drag performers under the age of 12 as they meet and celebrate their shared interest for the first time. Having faced an enormous amount of scrutiny over their brief drag careers, DRAG KIDS frames their celebration through an essential lens of loving and upstanding parenthood, and follows the four young stars as they prepare for the biggest performance of their lives at Montreal Pride

Tickets

03.08.2021 5-7pm

Vondel CS

Mooiste foto’s 25 jaar Pride

Marc Bartels

Jury deliberation Most beautiful photos 25 years Pride Amsterdam (supervised by Cornald Maas)

03.08.2021 5—6pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

Tickets

03.08.2021 8—11pm

Vondel CS

De Roze Revolutie

Michiel van Erp

In the four-part series “The Pink Revolution”, director Michiel van Erp examines the history of the LGBTQIA+ movement in the Netherlands over the past fifty years from his personal astonishment.

A movement of free-spirited people who celebrate that everyone is different. He takes stock in intimate conversations. What about the hard-won achievements and what about all those letters?

In 1975 Michiel van Erp found out that he is gay, since then he has been part of the LGBTQIA+ community and has experienced “everything”. From the growing freedoms that the movement conquered in the 1970s, the AIDS wave that followed, to the growing intolerance against LGBTQIA+ people today. Van Erp has the story told from the inside by the people who were already there half a century ago and those who are now making themselves heard. Archive images of personal and joint key moments literally frame their stories in a studio specially equipped for the series. The personal conversations show emotional ups and downs: the freedom to be yourself is a great good that still needs to be fought for and celebrated.

Tickets

03.08.2021 8.30—9.30pm

CHMSX Stories

Kes Blans & Thomas de Bres

Kaleidoscopic music theater about raw edges. We are horny, hot, challenging, longing, but also lonely, sad and scared. Hilariously apestoned and then completely sober we search, whipped up by a pumping live soundtrack, for ourselves, each other, you and for a little loving attention in this rapidly changing world. This performance changes atmosphere just as edgy and whimsical as an evening of chemsex itself. CHMSX Stories is a cross-media and taboo-breaking theater project, based on true stories. Including a CHMSX crash course.

Tickets

03.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

04.08.2021 12—6pm

Proud Aliens (expo)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

04.08.2021 5-7pm

Vondel CS

Queer is Not a Manifesto

Aynouk Tan & Mini Maxwell

04.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

04.08.2021 9-11pm

IQMF

Chris Belloni

INTERNATIONAL QUEER AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL

IQMF was founded in 2015 in Amsterdam and is a festival for queer & migrant related films as well as a multi-disciplinary community space with art exhibitions, workshops, talks and the international talent programme IQMF Academy, all contributing to a diverse and inclusive society.

IQMF is a project of Stichting art.1, a foundation focusing on the advancement of human rights through art. Staff members of Stichting art.1 have initiated projects in different countries such as Azerbaijan, Surinam and Uruguay. These are some of the projects currently happening.‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎

Tickets

05.08.2021 10am—4pm

van Utrecht naar Amsterdam

Pride flag to Amsterdam

Shevan van der lugt

Ik ben Shevan van der Lugt, LGBT activist Ik kom oorspronkelijk uit Syrië, en is 7 jaar geleden naar Nederland gekomen (zie: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2021/05/11/belaagde-migrant-shevan-de-conducteur-zei-dat-ik-geen-keppeltje-had-moeten-dragen-a4043326). Vorig jaar, toen door de maatregelen omtrent corona de Pride niet door kon gaan, heb ik een fietstocht van Utrecht naar Amsterdam georganiseerd (zie: https://www.nhnieuws.nl/nieuws/270797/shevan-organiseert-alternatieve-pride-samen-staan-we-sterk). Dit jaar wil ik hetzelfde organiseren, maar het groter maken. Waarom Fietsen? Fietsen in typisch Nederlands. Het is duurzaam en geeft een gevoel van vrijheid. Het plan: een fietstocht organiseren van Utrecht naar Amsterdam (Museumplein), geleid door mij, Shevan. Uit verschillende steden een prominente persoon die een stuk van de inclusieve regenboogvlag meeneemt. Deze worden samengebracht in Amsterdam bij een evenement op het Museumplein.

05.08.2021 12—6pm

Proud Aliens (expo)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

05.08.2021 12—6pm

UTOPIA

Nastassia Winge & Ryan Blackwell

After a long period without exhibiting any artists’ work due to lockdown, Beyond Photography proudly presents an exhibition in collaboration with Pride Amsterdam titled UTOPIA.

Held at the legendary NDSM Fuse, Beyond Photography will be hosting a two week long, free exhibition celebrating queer life in Amsterdam. UTOPIA is an exploration into an idyllic vision of queer life in Amsterdam. Embracing community, history, and the deep and rich value of queer being, Beyond Photography invites a range of Amsterdam creatives across a range of disciplines to portray a view of a utopian future for the LGBTQIA+ community. The exhibition aims to explore how people from differing queer backgrounds view and hope for a better future of queer life. UTOPIA encourages artists to think about the symbiotic ways in which art from a range of disciplines and image based media (such as photography, film, AI coding, 3D rendering, and audiovisual installation) can come together to showcase the curated theme of a queer utopia. The brief encourages openness and exploration: no topic or form of creation is off limits. UTOPIA will be hosted at NDSM Fuse and will be open from the 31st of July until the 15th of August. Throughout the exhibition, Beyond Photography will bring a series of public online panel talks free to watch to the public. These talks will engage with artists from the exhibition as well as other members of the queer community in various creative roles in Amsterdam. This way, UTOPIA is set to be the educative centre of Pride Amsterdam 2021, offering the public an informative, inclusive and intersectional experience. We are thrilled to announce our amazing intersectional and multidisciplinary line up of artists, who are all pillars in the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community. We proudly welcome to UTOPIA: Supernature, ChelseaBoy (Drags of Anarchy), Marcela Ferri, Martine Kamara, Queer Skateclub Amsterdam, Aoibhin Killeen & Stella Marbles and Arthur Candio. UTOPIA will be an invigorating yet raw approach to exhibition curation, igniting a passion for positive change and creating a sense of community across intersectional backgrounds. The voices raised by the Beyond Photography platform highlight the strides in which the queer community has made, and also the progress that we wish to make.

05.08.2021 3—5pm

Vondel CS

Book launch Storkie

Floris Dorgelo

Book launch Storkie
Come visit the launch of Storkie a children book about LGBTQIA+ and hear from the writer why it’s so more important today to educate about gender and sexual diversity!

Presenting Storkie:
Storkie loves asking questions. One day he wants to know what his life will be like when he grows up. His parents send him on a journey to meet all kinds of animals that differ in how they live, who they love and how they express themselves. This makes Storkie’s trip a diverse delivery—for everyone to enjoy.

The publisher: Natural Foundation

The dictionary describes the word “natural” as existing in nature. The goal of Natural Foundation is to show the diversity that exists in nature, and therefore showing the richness of our diversity.

With your help children can be raised safe, equal and free regardless of who they love, what they wear, or what pronouns they use — we should love others for their differences, not in spite of them. For more info visit: www.naturalfoundation.earth

Tickets

Live Stream

05.08.2021 5—7pm

Vondel CS

Iconic Stories

Marc van Loon

In response to our 20th anniversary of LGBTQI+ weddings in The Netherlands (2001-2020), Iconic*Stories is archiving inclusive portraits of queer rituals* and new perspectives on love. During Queer Currents you are invited to share your own stories and enjoy our expressions through video art, poetry, performance and music.

Honoring a civil right, this inclusive celebration of love is an open invitation to contribute with our private stories to our community, our city and to the stories of humanity. Our Iconic stories will be exposed in an immersive installation that will tour Amsterdam in the fall of 2021.

Please support our Iconic Stories @ www.voordekunst.nl/projecten/12542-iconicstories

A queer ritual*, redesigns the ritual and the spiritual with acknowledgment of the normative traditions. Queer rituals are individual as well as collective actions of: social connections, affection, family, belonging and resisting against suppressive morals.. These performative actions connect communities around sexuality, health, disease, life, death, parenthood, religion and magic.

Tickets

Live Stream

05.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

05.08.2021 9-11pm

IQMF

Chris Belloni

INTERNATIONAL QUEER AND MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL

IQMF was founded in 2015 in Amsterdam and is a festival for queer & migrant related films as well as a multi-disciplinary community space with art exhibitions, workshops, talks and the international talent programme IQMF Academy, all contributing to a diverse and inclusive society.

IQMF is a project of Stichting art.1, a foundation focusing on the advancement of human rights through art. Staff members of Stichting art.1 have initiated projects in different countries such as Azerbaijan, Surinam and Uruguay. These are some of the projects currently happening.‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎

Tickets

06.08.2021 12—6pm

Proud Aliens (expo)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

06.08.2021 12—6pm

UTOPIA

Nastassia Winge & Ryan Blackwell

After a long period without exhibiting any artists’ work due to lockdown, Beyond Photography proudly presents an exhibition in collaboration with Pride Amsterdam titled UTOPIA.

Held at the legendary NDSM Fuse, Beyond Photography will be hosting a two week long, free exhibition celebrating queer life in Amsterdam. UTOPIA is an exploration into an idyllic vision of queer life in Amsterdam. Embracing community, history, and the deep and rich value of queer being, Beyond Photography invites a range of Amsterdam creatives across a range of disciplines to portray a view of a utopian future for the LGBTQIA+ community. The exhibition aims to explore how people from differing queer backgrounds view and hope for a better future of queer life. UTOPIA encourages artists to think about the symbiotic ways in which art from a range of disciplines and image based media (such as photography, film, AI coding, 3D rendering, and audiovisual installation) can come together to showcase the curated theme of a queer utopia. The brief encourages openness and exploration: no topic or form of creation is off limits. UTOPIA will be hosted at NDSM Fuse and will be open from the 31st of July until the 15th of August. Throughout the exhibition, Beyond Photography will bring a series of public online panel talks free to watch to the public. These talks will engage with artists from the exhibition as well as other members of the queer community in various creative roles in Amsterdam. This way, UTOPIA is set to be the educative centre of Pride Amsterdam 2021, offering the public an informative, inclusive and intersectional experience. We are thrilled to announce our amazing intersectional and multidisciplinary line up of artists, who are all pillars in the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community. We proudly welcome to UTOPIA: Supernature, ChelseaBoy (Drags of Anarchy), Marcela Ferri, Martine Kamara, Queer Skateclub Amsterdam, Aoibhin Killeen & Stella Marbles and Arthur Candio. UTOPIA will be an invigorating yet raw approach to exhibition curation, igniting a passion for positive change and creating a sense of community across intersectional backgrounds. The voices raised by the Beyond Photography platform highlight the strides in which the queer community has made, and also the progress that we wish to make.

06.08.2021 2—10pm

Colourful Pride | Coronaproof Seated Garden Fest.

Sherryl Netteb

Een dag waarop we samen komen, naar elkaar luisteren, met elkaar lachen, liefde vinden en de liefde vieren. Een dag waarop we samen eten en drinken.
Een dag waarop we BIPoC Queer Joy vieren!
Kom gezellig langs—wij zorgen voor het entertainment, lekker Caribische broodjes en een heerlijk welkomstdrankje!

Het Programma:

2—5.30pm
Queer Stand Up Comedy (voor iedereenl)
In deze chaotische en onzekere tijden kunnen we allemaal meer blijdschap en gezelligheid gebruiken.
Die gezelligheid heb je nu gevonden!
Kom lachen, gieren, brullen met Queer Stand Up Comedians in de tuin van Tolhuistuin.

6—10pm
Ms.Jones | Seated Silent Disco Party (alleen voor Queer Womxn)
Vertel je vriendinnen om hun vriendinnen te vertellen om die speciale vriendin mee te nemen die je zo leuk vindt!
Zet je koptelefoon op en geniet van de fijne sfeer en sexy muziek!
Drink, eet, geniet van de geweldige Ms.Jones-vibes en herhaal!
Verkleed je, voel je sexy, wees fierce!

Ticket prijzen:
Queer Stand Up Comedy | 2—6pm
€ 10 euro ex voor een tafel voor 2 pers. inclusief welkomstdrankje en warme snack
€ 7,50 euro ex voor 1 pers. inclusief welkomstdrankje en warme snack

Ms.Jones | Silent Disco Party | Womxn Only | 6—10pm
€ 15 euro ex voor een tafel voor 2 pers. inclusief welkomstdrankje, warme snack en koptelefoon
€ 10 euro ex voor 1 pers. inclusief welkomstdrankje, warme snack en koptelefoon

Dagkaart voor Queer Womxn—Queer Stand Up Comedy & Ms.Jones | Silent Disco | Womxn Only | 2—10pm
€ 20 euro ex voor een tafel voor 2 pers. inclusief welkomstdrankje, warme snack en koptelefoon.
€ 15 euro ex voor 1 pers. inclusief welkomstdrankje, warme snack en koptelefoon.

Tickets

06.08.2021 4—6pm

Writing Workshop by Trans Magazine

with Tammie Schoots (she/her) & Finn Saager (he/him)

A writing workshop, lead by two Trans editors

Tickets

06.08.2021 7—9pm

Vondel CS

Survibes—Mikel Haman Award

Tieneke Sumter

Event en Mikel Haman Award

Tickets

06.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

06.08.2021 8—9.30pm

Political Drag Night

07.08.2021 12—6pm

Proud Aliens (expo)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

07.08.2021 12—6pm

UTOPIA

Nastassia Winge & Ryan Blackwell

After a long period without exhibiting any artists’ work due to lockdown, Beyond Photography proudly presents an exhibition in collaboration with Pride Amsterdam titled UTOPIA.

Held at the legendary NDSM Fuse, Beyond Photography will be hosting a two week long, free exhibition celebrating queer life in Amsterdam. UTOPIA is an exploration into an idyllic vision of queer life in Amsterdam. Embracing community, history, and the deep and rich value of queer being, Beyond Photography invites a range of Amsterdam creatives across a range of disciplines to portray a view of a utopian future for the LGBTQIA+ community. The exhibition aims to explore how people from differing queer backgrounds view and hope for a better future of queer life. UTOPIA encourages artists to think about the symbiotic ways in which art from a range of disciplines and image based media (such as photography, film, AI coding, 3D rendering, and audiovisual installation) can come together to showcase the curated theme of a queer utopia. The brief encourages openness and exploration: no topic or form of creation is off limits. UTOPIA will be hosted at NDSM Fuse and will be open from the 31st of July until the 15th of August. Throughout the exhibition, Beyond Photography will bring a series of public online panel talks free to watch to the public. These talks will engage with artists from the exhibition as well as other members of the queer community in various creative roles in Amsterdam. This way, UTOPIA is set to be the educative centre of Pride Amsterdam 2021, offering the public an informative, inclusive and intersectional experience. We are thrilled to announce our amazing intersectional and multidisciplinary line up of artists, who are all pillars in the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community. We proudly welcome to UTOPIA: Supernature, ChelseaBoy (Drags of Anarchy), Marcela Ferri, Martine Kamara, Queer Skateclub Amsterdam, Aoibhin Killeen & Stella Marbles and Arthur Candio. UTOPIA will be an invigorating yet raw approach to exhibition curation, igniting a passion for positive change and creating a sense of community across intersectional backgrounds. The voices raised by the Beyond Photography platform highlight the strides in which the queer community has made, and also the progress that we wish to make.

07.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

08.08.2021 3—6pm

Proud Aliens (event)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

08.08.2021 12—6pm

UTOPIA

Nastassia Winge & Ryan Blackwell

After a long period without exhibiting any artists’ work due to lockdown, Beyond Photography proudly presents an exhibition in collaboration with Pride Amsterdam titled UTOPIA.

Held at the legendary NDSM Fuse, Beyond Photography will be hosting a two week long, free exhibition celebrating queer life in Amsterdam. UTOPIA is an exploration into an idyllic vision of queer life in Amsterdam. Embracing community, history, and the deep and rich value of queer being, Beyond Photography invites a range of Amsterdam creatives across a range of disciplines to portray a view of a utopian future for the LGBTQIA+ community. The exhibition aims to explore how people from differing queer backgrounds view and hope for a better future of queer life. UTOPIA encourages artists to think about the symbiotic ways in which art from a range of disciplines and image based media (such as photography, film, AI coding, 3D rendering, and audiovisual installation) can come together to showcase the curated theme of a queer utopia. The brief encourages openness and exploration: no topic or form of creation is off limits. UTOPIA will be hosted at NDSM Fuse and will be open from the 31st of July until the 15th of August. Throughout the exhibition, Beyond Photography will bring a series of public online panel talks free to watch to the public. These talks will engage with artists from the exhibition as well as other members of the queer community in various creative roles in Amsterdam. This way, UTOPIA is set to be the educative centre of Pride Amsterdam 2021, offering the public an informative, inclusive and intersectional experience. We are thrilled to announce our amazing intersectional and multidisciplinary line up of artists, who are all pillars in the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community. We proudly welcome to UTOPIA: Supernature, ChelseaBoy (Drags of Anarchy), Marcela Ferri, Martine Kamara, Queer Skateclub Amsterdam, Aoibhin Killeen & Stella Marbles and Arthur Candio. UTOPIA will be an invigorating yet raw approach to exhibition curation, igniting a passion for positive change and creating a sense of community across intersectional backgrounds. The voices raised by the Beyond Photography platform highlight the strides in which the queer community has made, and also the progress that we wish to make.

08.08.2021 5—7pm

Vondel CS

FITE QLUB

SORAB

Objective:

1. Decolonizing colonial ideas with regard to art, body, mind, music, sexuality, gender identity and culture.

2. Making art in all its manifestations, from performances to music, from paintings to clothing, from music to storytelling, all from a decolonial perspective.

3. Organizing and organizing exhibitions, lectures and other activities in the field of art, body, mind, music, sexuality, gender identity and culture.

4. Provide a decolonial and multidisciplinary platform for the most marginalized LGBTQI+ individuals (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) of color through exhibitions, lectures and other arts, body, spirit, music, sexuality, gender identity and culture.

5. Creating a “Learning together format” and continuing to develop it according to the needs of the most marginalized LGBTQI+ people of color, the information and knowledge is exchanged, in an informal and formal way.

6. Creating a safe place digitally as a physical place for realizing “Healing justice”; mental and physical condition and healing from a decolonial and justice perspective.

7. Creating and realizing a decolonial and multidisciplinary format of “art therapy”; therapy through art coupled with pleasure and going back to the essence of man.

Tickets

08.08.2021 Ongoing

Vondel CS

Expo My Lockdown Life by Goran Turnsek

Goran Turnsek

Forbidden to touch (written by Jaap Huisman)
As if secret activities were taking place, at illegal parties or social gatherings: these are the snapshots that photographer Goran Turnsek took during the lockdown between March 2020 and June 2021. Because snapshots are what they are, impressions of a unfree, oppressive time. Illegal house parties have replaced the big parties, which was the influence of Covid-19. We have turned into a locked herd, Turnsek explains, where the government takes care of our health and we are at the mercy of pharmaceutical industries.

Recently, Turnsek has been reminiscent of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. While it was then mainly the gay community that lived under the spell of the fear of contamination, now it could happen to anyone. Fear of contact, Turnsek calls it, while everyone was looking for contact. The fear of being yourself, as if you ended up in the closet again, while you passionately longed for freedom. Partying, cuddling and sex: it seemed to be a taboo. The parallel with AIDS is unmistakable: if there is one thing that belongs to the identity of gays, it is dance and outing. The downside that manifested itself in the HIV era was the guilt that arose among gays and that sometimes became visible in Corona patients. As if they were to blame for spreading the disease.

Turnsek’s photos are sometimes deliberately abstract. Images of cozy dinners were suddenly out of the question on Instagram – instead, the selfie culture flourished. Being together was proof of irresponsible behavior. As a Slovenian, raised in an unfree society, Turnsek knows what it’s like to lead a hidden life as a gay man. And just when the first Gay Pride was celebrated in Maribor, everyone had to avoid each other again because this time the infection would mainly affect the elderly.

The photos tell a story, unadorned but honest and raw, of sneaky parties and picnics. Turnsek uses the snapshots as a form of resistance, identifying himself with the protesters in Hong Kong. Unable to approach professional dancers, he used his friends and family as “models”. Covid has destroyed our lives, all spontaneity has been destroyed.

In the Philippines where he was shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, the hotel pool closed abruptly so that sunbathing was not allowed anywhere but secretly on the roof. The party lights abstractly represent a longing for dancing and freedom, and for people who move through space almost like ghosts or devils, once again in the grip of fear. Suddenly we were behind the curtains again, says Turnsek, just like during the HIV epidemic, when gays could not move freely. Affection became a taboo. In that sense, Turnsek is a chronicler of a fraught episode in recent history by photographing friends and acquaintances who went wild for a moment. Until another measure would follow. Forbidden to touch, come on: man is a community animal.

Goran Turnsek, 1979, Slovenia, is a photographer of everyday life, which he recorded in his homeland, among other places. He uses different media such as performances, video and photo books to show how our past is manipulated and changed. As a dancer he is fascinated by the human body in different poses. During his professional career, Turnsek danced with Piet Rogie and Krisztina de Chatel, the latter including in Zooi, the famous piece with garbage men.

13.08.2021 8—9.30pm

Queer Lagos Night

13.08.2021 12—6pm

Oranje Vrijstaat plein

Pride Photo opening

Hein-Jan Keijzer

The Pride Photo Exhibition 2021, where we show the winning images from our 2020 contest, alongside a selection of further photos that have been specially selected by our Curator. The images offer a glimpse into lives and worlds that are familiar to some people, and may be surprising, new, or even a little uncomfortable for others. We want to encourage visitors to think about sexual and gender diversity in a low-threshold and respectful manner, ultimately, we hope to start a dialogue about prejudice, and the often plighted human rights situation the LGBTQ+ community faces worldwide. The exhibition travels throughout The Netherlands.

22.08.2021 3—6pm

Proud Aliens (Closing Event)

Josien Pieterse & Betul Elliatioglu

In a world where the marginalised feel alienated, is it okay to be a proud alien? The LGBTQ+ project group of Framer Framed’s Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated.

The open atelier project group meets weekly, combining art, community and therapy; representing diverse cultural backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community. The artworks include group projects and individual art pieces such as henna tattoos, costumes, photography, paintings and installations. We invite you to visit the exhibition Proud Aliens which takes place during Amsterdam Pride at Framer Framed, 30th of July—22th of August.

Graphic Design: Kabo Lee
Curators: Gijs Stork & Kabo Lee

With works by:
anne krul | Ashna Siriram | Erdem Yakut | Khalid Safy Malyck | Marwan Noufal | Mayis | meg-ster | Mi Ka | Ocean Pearl | O.K | Sabina | SAM | Shevan van Homosexualistan | Teoman | Vita S.

Queer Currents is an events platform that brings more content and culture to Queerness. Started in 2018, the first annual edition was held in 2019. Queer Currents is an annual program on 15 days and 15 locations, with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on 15 Queer topics. The goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks.

i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009 the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open studios.

Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalised society.

Special thanks to
Robbie Baars, Ruth Opel, Lidia Tato, Laetitia de Veth, Eyas Hafez, Frank van Deursen

Framer Framed’s Open Atelier Project Coordinators:
Suzanne Delshadian (i-psy Arts), Betül Ellialtioğlu (Framer Framed)

Made possible with the support of:
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Stadsdeel Oost; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Queer Currents, i-psy and Framer Framed.

09.2021

Ik ontmoet mij

Dinah

Queer Currents is a project of the 3 Layers, Foundation for Equality.

We would like to thank the participants, the locations, the team, the friends of QC, the sponsors and the municipality of Amsterdam for their generous and effortless support.

Partners: City of Amsterdam, Alliantie Zichtbaarheid & Pride, AFK, Framer Framed, Vondel 3, Pride Amsterdam, Magazijn and all the participants.

QC is a 3 Layers production
Board: Ira Kip, Raisa Sambo, Angelo Tromp
Facilitator: Gijs Stork
Design and Website: Studio Harris Blondman

www.queercurrents.com
info@queercurrents.com
Insta: @queercurrents
Facebook: Queer Currents
Youtube: Queer Currents

Contact:
Gijs Stork
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 153-A
1012 ES Amsterdam–NL
(+31) 0627072370
gijsstork@gmail.com