With QUEER PANDÈMIA and ULTRAQUEER, we want to promote a multitude of non-majority representations and diverse narratives: to introduce new written works and new images that can supplant those phallocentric and anthropocentric that have haunted and harassed us for centuries and millennia — on which our identities have been founded upon. In the struggles for political and identity assertion, we must not underestimate the power of narratives and visual culture in the processes of reconfiguring social arrangements.
2022 edition - Ultraqueer. Metagender Artistic Expression
ULTRAQUEER – Metagender Artistic Expressions is a transdisciplinary exhibition aiming at increasing queer representation in art venues. It began in 2022 with a large group exhibition in Palazzo Merulana, Rome. To delve into the essences of queerness, displayed artworks focused on themes of the body, sexuality, and identity, presenting local and international queer artistic expressions within an institutional context.
artist: Agnes Questionmark (Agnes?), Alec Trenta, Alessio Maximilian Schroder, Asafe Ghalib, Bianca Buoncristiani, CHEAP street poster art (Giorgia Lancellotti, Luchadora, Nicoz Balboa), Chiara Bruni, Davide Viggiano, Edmund Liang, Élle De Bernardini, Erica Borgato, Filippo Chilelli, Gender Project (Veronique Charlotte), Jacopo Paglione, Laurence Philomene, Ludovica Casale, Nicola Napoli, Ornella Mercier, Sara Lorusso, Sebastian Winkler, Sex Positive Tarots (Diego Tigrotto, Furetti, Gerlanda di Francia, Lucas, PAPA), Silvia Clo Di Gregorio & Samuele Galli, TXT Project, Valerio Conti, Volker Hermes e Yari Saccottelli & GELOsle.
2023 edition - Queer Pandémia. Artistic Contaminations of An-other Kind
In 2023, we decided to shift our reflections by focusing on the contact point between queer identity and its relationships: tools, struggles, and new practices to invade spaces with, to contaminate affective relationships and mutate dominant aesthetic stereotypes — like a weed that creates new life as it passes.
Thanks to an open call dedicated to queer and LGBTQIA+ artistic practices, we created a dialogue that could accommodate a profusion of works and texts — as devices of queer experimentation. We gathered contributions from 46 authors and 250 artists, with the intention of showcasing as many identities and practices as possible. With the help of our partners exibart, Edizioni Tlon, BASE Milano, Libreria Leporello, CCO Mario Mieli, and Officine Vittoria, we chose to emphasize original creative languages and works that thoroughly researched the pluriform expressions of queerness.
artist: Agnes Questionmark (Agnes?), Alberto Maggini, Alessandro Burelli, Alessandro Merlo, Alia Mascia, Andrea Casanova, Andrea Zardi, Antonia Freisburger, Arianna Martucci, AURA, Aurora Saita, Benedetta Filippo Chilelli, BORA, Chiara Bruni, Chiara Calgaro, Chiara Cor, Daniele Costa, Dario Carratta, Davide Fossati (Abraxass), Davide Martella, Denys Shantar, Diego Moreno, Dorotea Tocco, Dries Verhoeven, Edwin Harmon (LUZ), Effe Minelli, Federico Salis, Francesco Esposito, Francesco Paolo Gassi, Francesco Saverio Tani, Giacomo Giannantonio & Viola Morini, Giacomo Marinsalta, GianMarco Porru, Giovanni Culmone, Giulia Cauti, Giuseppe Loi, Guglielmo Mattei, Jacopo Paglione, Jordi Bello Alessandro Tabbi, Leo Maki, Lorenzo Zerbini, Luca Bosani, Ludovica Anzaldi, Luke Faulkner, Matt Gale, Matteo Piacenti, Matteo Ribet, mitikafe, Monosportiva, Nia De Indias, Nicolò Savoia, Nika Timashkova, Noah Schiatti, Ohii Katya, Ornella Mercier, Pietro Spirito, Rooy Charlie Lana, Sofia Talanti, Sohyun Park, Stefania D’Amato, Stefano Melissa, Teresa Russo, Umut Cocln, Vincent Chen, Yannick Lambelet, Yunru Quan e Ziyu Wang.
authors: Isabella Borrelli, Dario Alì e Vincenzo Grasso, Dani-Lussi Martiri, Michele Alesi, Simone Marcelli Pitzalis, Eleonora Santamaria, Valentina Rizzi, Tristan Venturi, Andrea Zardi, Alberto Villa, Alessia Baranello, Eleonora Negrisoli, Federico Sacco, Giulia Pavesi Astua e Penelope Agata Zumbo.
QUEER PANDÈMIA – Artistic contaminations of an-other kind is a project by TWM Factory in collaboration with BASE Milano and Edizioni TLON; second edition of Ultraqueer – Metagender artistic expressions.
Exhibition and events curated by: Carlo Settimio Battisti, Davide Lunerti, Nicola Brucoli, Riccardo Ferranti and Lorenzo R.S. Sanchez, with the contribution of Carlotta Belluzzi Mus, Letizia Servello and Andrea Fulgenzi.
Design team: Francesco Elia, Stefano Cattani e Alessandro Quaglio.
Communication team: Edoardo Saolini e Luisa La Gioia.