Amid the deeply unusual context brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museo Reina Sofía joins the LGTBIQ+ Pride celebration by examining the legacies of sexual and gender dissidence. More than ever, such dislocated, irreverent and rebellious legacies materialise as vectors of the imagination and critical resistance to the naturalised “return to normality”, with our collective experience in facing the current health emergency bearing a relation to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, bolstering the importance of rescue and a revision of forms of resistance and care historically formulated by the LGTBIQ+ collective.
From the crossroads of sexual and gender dissidence with the migrant condition, can we question forms of control and discourse around social distancing, based largely on a univocal idea of subject, body and desire? How can we activate and articulate this dissident knowledge to invent other possibilities of supporting and caring for ourselves, and, most importantly, to continue fighting for the right to non-standard lives?
This programme assembles highly diverse affections and intensities, uttered from equally distinctive voices and contexts, expressing pain, rage, delirium, and pride. Despite this disparity, the common denominator lies in declarations from indifference, an irreducible difference that denounces and rebels before the violence of processes of normalisation and homogenisation, to which the art institution is no stranger either.