Our world is in upheaval, we face an existential threat both in terms of radical and rapid environmental change, in terms of ever-increasing violent political extremism on the far right, and a government that seems to work against our interests at every turn. As we live in the world today, asking ourselves and our community what we want to be free of, QUEER UTOPIA engages with queer pleasure, love, joy, and friendship, encouragingly asking; what will we keep?
QUEER UTOPIA is a collaborative sculptural vision of queer future: a pink, joyful, playful space created in response to a series of discussions between the artist and other queer people. For some, Queer Utopia was a physical place, a home, a building, or a forest filled with the people they love, and for others it was a political statement. Our Queer Utopia is a place of freedom, of righteous anger, a place full to the very brim with loving and radical care for our comrades. The world we live in right now is often scared of us, and in turn we are often scared of it; this exhibition serves as a fleeting glimpse into that peaceful, beautiful, queer future we are hoping for.
Mariette Feeney is an artist and designer currently living and working in Dublin. They moved from the UK to Ireland in 2013 to live and study and graduated from TUD with a degree in Furniture Design, which informs much of their work.
Mariette’s work explores and challenges the concept of Utopia and uses sculpture to ask questions and provoke conversations about the world we want to live in: what do we take pleasure in, what are we proud of, and what is important to us? They aim to centre the personal, small, and often overlooked pleasures of everyday life in answer to these larger questions, and through their sculpture they try to give physical form to the idea that in order to do good work in the world, we must all have a place of retreat and peace.
Mariette is the recipient of We Only Want the Earth 2021, Residency Award 1 in partnership with Create: national development agency for collaborative arts, Transgender Equality Network Irelands (TENI), and consulting artists gender.rip.
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QUEER UTOPIA DIGITAL VISIT | 13th – 30th May 2021
As well as a physical experience we are delighted to launch the digital experience of QUEER UTOPIA. In the digital realm the utopian world building takes the form of an animated sketchbook documenting Mariette’s collaborations and creative process. Over the residency period Mariette met with ten collaborators and asked them to pick and object to bring to QUEER UTOPIA. These objects served as a point of departure for a series of one on one conversations to share stories and imagine different utopian futures together. QUEER UTOPIA online will give you an insight into these conversations, objects chosen by collaborators, and Mariettes artistic responses to them.
QUEER UTOPIA EXHIBITION KIT
QUEER UTOPIA Tools
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