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Queerly There? Queer Art in Czech and Slovak Context

26 May 2016 – 16:00

Queerly There? Queer Art in Czech and Slovak Context

Entry Free Location Democracy Dome, at the FabCity Campus Kop van het Java-eiland 1019 HC Amsterdam Facebook event

Within the scope of Czech and Slovak art, an explicit voicing out of the issues of sexuality and gender non-normativity are still rather rare and so is their theoretical and conceptual framing. In this talk Zuzana Štefková will present examples of art works and exhibitions openly dealing with the above-mentioned themes. By doing so, Stefkova intends to explore a series of questions, such as: What are the characteristic features of art produced by Czech and Slovak self-identified gay, lesbian and queer artists? How do these artists respond to their art being viewed through the prism of their sexuality and non-binary gender identity? And last but not least, can we actually speak of “queer art” in Czech and Slovak context?

Zuzana Štefková is a curator, art critic and activist from Prague. She has earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the Charles University, Prague with her dissertation on Gender Aspects of Embodiment in Czech Contemporary Art. She teaches courses at the Charles University and the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design. She also co-founded c2c Circle of Curators and Critics.


Štefková’s lecture at the Democracy Dome is proceeded by a workshop – European Identity: Visualisation, organized by Amsterdam University College open for the general public.


14:00 – 16:00: Workshop on visualizing European identity
at Democracy Dome
16:00 – 17:30: Lecture ‘Queerly There?’ by Zuzana Štefková
at Democracy Dome
20:00 – 22:00: Impossible Dialogues II: Contested memories, conflicting presences, at Framer Framed.

ENTRY free!
It is possible to attend (a) part(s) of the program.

The program from 14:00 – 17:30 takes place in the Democracy Dome on the FabCity Campus, Kop van Java-eiland, Amsterdam. FabCity Campus is very centrally located at the head of Java Island (~2 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station), easily accessible via a bridge.

This program is supported by ERSTE STIFTUNG and Europe by People

This same evening, Framer Framed will also host the discussion evening Impossible Dialogues II: Contested memories, conflicting presences , taking place from 19:00 – 21:00. In this discussion program, aimed at bringing discussions on Eastern Europe outside of Eastern Europe itself, Štefková will be joined by esteemed lecturers Tímea JunghausRoma Sendyka and moderator Tina Bastajian.

Queer /


Reflections on artistic efforts in relation to the HIV/Aids crisis
Lecture: Contested sites, contaminated landscapes and Eastern-European 'bloodlands'
Lecture by Roma Sendyka (Associate Professor, Krakow), on memorial sites.
Impossible Dialogues - Contested memories, conflicting presences
Presentation of a long-term interdisciplinary research project is conceived by curators Katia Krupennikova, Inga Lāce and Margaret Tali.
Project overview: PATTERNS & Impossible Dialogues (2016)
Overview of the project and program surrounding PATTERNS / Impossible Dialogues. Perspectives from within & about Central and Eastern Europe in the social sciences, arts and history.


Zuzana Štefková

Curator, art criticus, activist