Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke

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‘Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke’  (2016) explores potentialities of queer utopias, while examining the relationship between history, “national values” and power structures. I revisited Eastern European folk traditions and whilst employing a contemporary reading I questioned why queer love has never been preserved and celebrated in the folk history.

I reclaim these stories and problematize how history is written and tradition is represented, often only to sustain the power structures that claim it ‘objective’. This work  encourages an experience of history as a discourse made out of multiple, overlapping and contesting narratives rather than a single, fixed entity.‘Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke’  locates queerness in Eastern European history; challenging the views that is an Western European export, which arrived in the post Cold War period .

The work  was premiered on 30th September at the Slade Interim Show, London and shortly after it was also shown in Stockholm, Sweden at the Stoff Festival 2016 (6th – 10th Oct) and Lisbon at the ‘Backwards+Forwards’ show (10th Oct).

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Niolam Ja Se Kochaneczke was made with support of the Hanna & Zdzislaw Broncel Charitable Trust.

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