Queer Geographies: Politics of Space
This artist talk will feature readings and discussion by editor, Lasse Lau and contributor, Flo Maak. The two artists present pieces from the book and discuss them in relation to their individual works and their upcoming show at Pro Arts.
Lau’s book Queer Geographies explores the possibilities of queer identities lived beyond heteronormativity, uncovering how gender and sexuality are shaped differently by the landscapes of cities and examining how we can shape and form the city ourselves.
Lasse Lau has organized workshops on queer geography at three very different coastal cities — Beirut (Lebanon), Tijuana (Mexico) and Copenhagen (Denmark). Most of the contributions to the book have been produced during those workshops, capturing queer experiences outside the hegemonic Anglo-Saxon narrow definitions and experiences.
Flo Maak and Lasse Lau are currently artists in residence at Pro Arts and will open their exhibition “Technologies of the Kitchen” at the gallery on Friday, February 3, 6:00 – 9:00pm.
About the Artists:
Flo Maak (b. 1980, Fulda, Germany) attended HfbK Staedelschule (2001- 2009), majoring in Fine Art. He also studied Visual Arts at Cooper Union (2007) in New York City. Selected solo exhibitions include “Nichts tun wie ein Biest” at Bielefelder Kunstverein (2009), “Trompe-l’eil Polizei” in cooperation with Free Class Frankfurt at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008), “soft skills” at haus nummer 11 in Frankfurt (2007), “silent specters” at JET in Berlin (2006), and “Untitled” at Nomaden Oase in Hamburg. Selected group exhibitions include “I Animal! (You Human)” at Perla Mode in Zurich (2010), “Lyst” at Overgaden in Copenhagen (2009), “Dear Anus” at VBKO in Vienna (2008), and “Werkbund e. V.” at Hessische Landesvertretung in Berlin.
Lasse Lau (b. 1974, Sønderborg, Denmark) is a filmmaker and performance artist who currently lives and works in New York. His films and performances deal with socio-economic issues, the negotiation of conflicts and the notion of space through the language of film and performance. Lau seeks to utilize aesthetics as a framework that can open dialogical paths. He has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries including Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, Germany), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany), Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), Brandts Klædefabrik (Odense, Denmark), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), the Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art (Turin, Italy), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, USA) and MoMA PS1 (New York, USA). Lau is the co-founder and long time board member of Kran Film Collective and was a member of the Editorial Selection Board at The Danish Film Institute Video Workshop 2001-02. He studied at the Media Art Department at Funen Art Academy (Odense, Denmark), at the Hochschule der Künste (Berlin, Germany) and at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (New York, USA).
*Flo Maak and Lasse Lau’s Residency and Exhibition at Pro Arts is made possible with a generous grant by the Danish Arts Foundation (DK).