Mixing photography, painting, sculpture, comics & video.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 Opening
BAG'09 [BarcelonaArtGay] is a cultural event of gay
subject, created by Sergi Ortín, which is born this 2009 aiming
for a maximum diffusion and its annual repetition. Everything turns
about an art exhibition in the Espai Cultural Francolí, headquarters
teresarius: promotors d’art (www.teresarius.com), following its
multidisciplinar character together with an offer following varied cultural
exprint and upward, from the 7th to the 29th of May. It includes painting,
photography, sculpture, comic and video - installation of well-known
artists and new values, and is accompanied of interesting related parallel
activities during May.
Artists: Sergio Cattivelli, Roberto Delgado, Violeta
Gomez, Antonio J., Invernot, Sebas Martín, David Mirás,
Sandra Mondon, Elena Montull, Nazario, Ocaña, Olgaz, Daniel Torrent,
Sandra Turnbull, and MR. WOOLMAN.
'Kink: The freedom of the selfedition'.
Conference by of PacoyManolo. Thursday 14th, 19h.
'Remembering Robert Mapplethorpe'.
Workshop of photography with model. Saturday 16th, 10-14h.
'Mythology and Art: the secrets
of Dionise'. Workshop of tasting of wines. Thursday 21, 19.30 h.
'Gaycelona: from the persecution
to the integration'. Route for the history and culture of the
Gay Barcelona. Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of May to the 18h.
Workshops Bondage in charge of Neo-Cortex
Closure: Thursday 28th of May from
7.30pm. Wine by Louis de Vernier. Performance by Thomas Reydellet
and Presentation of collection of leather by ATELIERFER.
BAG’09 sights to the contemporary art from the
re-assertion of an identity LGTB (lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual).
The elaboration of esthetic proposals that inquire in the universe that
forms the plural and different identity built by this group to fight
the discrimination, the prejudice and the estigmatización accessing
to their visibility with the intention of creating interesting subjects
of analysis and debate in our society. The ‘Gay Art’ nowadays
it is very much present in the international artistic panorama, it is
already in magazines of trends, fashion and design, in the most in galleries
of London, New York or Tokyo or in Art Fairs like Arco, Basel, Frieze
Homoerotic art is usually the one created for and for
the homosexual community. The subjects of this type of art go from the
sensuality of the naked one up to the relationships psico-affective
and erotic among people of the same sex. This demonstration is generally
explicit, but not pornographic, although it is difficult to draw an
unmistakable border among erotism and pornography, since there will
always be different interpretations and criteria; however when to talk
of homoerotism we base in the emotional part associated with the erotism,
which the sexual desire looks for waking up and at the same time converts
an explicit description in a little romantic, many times deepening more
in the feelings than in the details specific to the act.
The homosexuality has been present in all the art history.
This artistic gender has one of its bases in the ancestral cultures;
these cultures dedicated part of their artistic expressions to the phallic
cult, as developer of the fertility, but also as symbol of the virility
and of the transmission of the force among the warriors of a clan or
tribe. It does not have to be forgotten that other cultures, besides
the occidental one, also have clear examples of this subject, from the
Indian to the Japanese.
The Greek art contains explicit references to this
type of images with men, generally older, that they transmit its wisdom
and its physical power to their students. In the Roman art the different
representations of Zeus can stand out kidnapping and raping the beautiful
Trojan prince Ganímides. In the medieval period we have martyrs
as San Sebastian, penetrated by arrows (phallic symbols) with expressions
of pain and pleasure at the same time. In the Renaissance painters as
Botticelli or Leonardo da Vinci and in the Baroque with Caravaggio usually
present us secret codes in works of art that only certain people understand.
Some artists of the 20th century and 21st to stand
out for their contribution are Paul Cadmus, Gilbert & George, Tom
of Finland, David Hockney, Will McBride, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pierre
et Gilles. As example of feminine homoerotism we can quote Frida Kahlo,
Gustav Klimt and Gustave Courbet.
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