|Sofia Queer Forum, November 20-25, 2012|
20 November 2012
Sofia Queer Forum is an event that investigates, with the means of contemporary arts, gender
and sexuality as parallel systems through which we value ourselves and the others around us.
These systems have a strong influence on all aspects of culture and society. The influence is, of
course, two-sided. This is why in focus here is also the changing of the concepts “gender” and
“sexuality” depending on social, political, cultural and medical factors that are inherent in a given
time and space.
During the last century, the issue of gender equality finds various representations in the history of
Bulgarian arts and culture. This issue is always treated in relation with concept such as
parenthood, sexuality, ethnic, national and class background, professional realization and
education, access to basic human rights, among which are the right to labour, the freedom of
speech and expression, etc. In the context of this forum, these interrelations acquire a
contemporary dimension in keeping with the problems of today’s society.
The forum puts all of these together in an international context with a special attention given on
post-socialist societies. Apart from the included Bulgarian participants, we have also invited artists
from Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, Serbia, Canada, Hungary, USA and Belarus. We will
show art works from the areas of documentary and experimental cinema and video art,
contemporary visual and performance arts, fashion, as well as artistic parties. The program also
includes presentations and theoretical discussions that will touch upon subjects such as
technologies and cyber feminism, as well as creating activist networks.
Sofia Queer Forum 2012 is not only a platform for the representation of art with specific issues,
but it also has the aim to provide space for generating ideas and creative stimulus by meeting
different generations and cultures.
The forum is curated by Boryana Rossa and Stanimir Panayotov.
The forum takes places in the context of the initiative New Left Perspective with the support of
Social Center Xaspel, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Southeast Europe, Fonds de Trut.
Ani Vasseva (Bulgaria), Alla Georgieva (Bulgaria), Adelina Popnedeleva (Bulgaria), bionihil
(Germany/Belarus), Boryana Petrova (Bulgaria), Voin de Voin (Bulgaria/Germany), Diana McCarty
(USA), Iv Russeva (Bulgaria), Istvan Kantor (Hungary/Canada), Katya Bozhikova (Bulgaria),
Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), Mariela Gemisheva (Bulgaria), Milena Gramova (Bulgaria), Marina
Grzinic, Anja Schmidt & Zvona T. Simcic (Slovenia), Nadezhda Plungyan (Russia), Natalia
Todorova (Bulgaria), Nina Arsenault (Canada), Oleg Mavromati (Bulgaria/Russia), Stefan Karchev
(Bulgaria), ULTRAFUTURO (Bulgaria/USA), Umnaia Masha (Russia), Chto Delat? (Russia) &
Vladan Jeremic (Serbia), Yassen Zgurovski (Bulgaria), DJ Marcolina (Bulgaria), The Anti-Gays