Sofia Queer Forum 2021
QUEER ROMA. We Got the Power.

Vernissage on 30 September, Thursday, from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m., in compliance with anti-epidemic measures and controlled access.

This year’s edition of Sofia Queer Forum is dedicated to Roma minorities, their identity and life experience in an international context. For this purpose, the artists Selma Selman and Peter Lee, and the curator Martina Stefanova, present in three spaces exhibitions of international artists of Roma origin in dialogue with their Bulgarian colleagues. For the first time, the National Gallery is hosting one of the events, at the Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art. DOZA Gallery and the independent Aether Art Space are the other hosts.

Selman and Lee wrote in their manifesto for the forum: “This issue is not just another symbolic gesture. It is a call to rethink our capabilities and our collective future, realizing the feelings and problems of a highly discriminated population, as well as creating a space for the exchange of good practices.” In their project, the two artists present the opportunities for social resistance through technology, and social media.

Martina Stefanova creates a dialogue with Bulgarian artists, which is reflected in the topic, referring to popular clichés in Bulgarian society and the role of gender in the minority group. The exhibition also includes several performances – a fire show by Plovdiv actress Donka Kyoseva about the story of a female relationship, a collaboration between the artist Voin de Voin and the famous Internet star Gibo Baby, online discussions and a movie program.

Selma Selman, Lexi Flors, Robert Gabris, Donka Kyoseva, Aaron Roth will be presented at the Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art, whose works cover topics such as future utopias, sexual discrimination and social roles, and transethnicism. Along with them in DOZA Gallery will continue the dialogue Pretty Loud, Vikenti Komitski, Voin de Voin. The day after the opening, in the independent Aether Art Space will be watched the art project of the young Romanian star Alina Serban – winner of the award for Best Actress of the German Actors Guild in 2020, and nominated for Best Actress at the German Film Awards 2020 for her starring role in “Gipsy Queen”.

Sofia Queer Forum 2021 cooperates with DOMA Art Foundation, wich organizes the event with the support of the National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.

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