QUEER AS GERMAN FOLK: Perspectives on Stonewall 5.0

Goethe-Institut, courtesy Schwules Museum Berlin

QUEER AS GERMAN FOLK: Perspectives on Stonewall 5.0

Developed & presented by the Goethe-Institut
May 31 – June 23
Part of Pride Toronto 2019

The cross-disciplinary project Queer as German Folk takes the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York as an opportunity to outline the current state of discourse on queer emancipation against the backdrop of the last half century. A joint initiative by the Goethe-Instituts New York, Toronto, Montreal, Mexico, Chicago and San Francisco and their German, Canadian, American, and Mexican partners.

Exhibition June 1-23
Queer as German Folk: Perspectives on Stonewall 5.0 from Berlin to Toronto
free admission

The show focuses on the impact of Stonewall on the German LGBTIQ* movements, such as the black German movement or the history of the trans movement. Historical documents and archives are redefined as present-day objects by reproducing them on unusual media such as t-shirts, highlighting the experiential and activist character of these movements. The core exhibition will be shown at Toronto’s new Stackt container market, alongside an ancillary presentation at the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Presented in partnership with Stackt & The Arquives, who are adding new Toronto research to the project.

May 31, 7-9pm: opening party with DJ Produzentin @ Stackt, free & open to the public
Exhibition core hours @ Stackt (28 Bathurst St.)
June 1 – June 23
Tues-Thurs 3-7pm
Fri 3-9pm (excluding June 21 due to Queer Conference, see below)
Sat 1-8pm
Sun 1-5pm

Hours @ Goethe-Institut, 100 University Ave.
Tue 1-6pm
Wed + Thu 3-7pm
Sat 9:30am-1:30pm

Film program June 1+2
LGBTIQ* Queer Cinema
Presented by the Goethe-Institut at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
Curated by Wieland Speck (Berlinale) for the Goethe-Institut

Four matinee screenings of films by Heiner Carow, Ulrike Ottinger, Rosa von Praunheim, Wieland Speck: It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives. This was the title of the 1971 work that began to emancipate the West and East German societies, bit by bit, from a dark valley under Nazi paragraph 175* to where we are today — and where queer and queer-friendly audiences would like to go. This film series reflects this path to success as well as exemplary queer German cinema over the past decades.

The Goethe-Institut is also inviting next-generation Berlin filmmaker Manuel Kinzer to Inside Out with his short film DARIO (Germany 2018, 15 min). Based on true events, DARIO tells the story of a talented young dancer who dreams of performing at the Columbian carnival, while his mother is pressuring him to let go of those dreams in order to become a “real man.” Dario has to make a choice between pursuing his dreams and obeying his family.

“Queer Commons. Queer Conflicts.” Conferences
Toronto: Queer Culture
June 21, 5pm, Goethe-Institut Toronto, 100 University Ave.

From counterculture to mainstream: Queerness in the cultural sector.
Iván Acebo Choy, cultural affairs/creative industries trade specialist at embassy of Canada, Mexico City
Luwayne Glass aka Dreamcrusher, multidisciplinary artist, New York
Peter Rehberg, archive and collection manager Schwules Museum, Berlin
Michael Venus, artist, actor and producer, Montreal
Moderated by Toronto artist Elle Flanders (Public Studio)

further conferences in Berlin on Queer Establishment, Mexico City on Queer Diversity and New York on Queer Resistance

Queer as German Folk is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in North America in collaboration with Schwules Museum Berlin, The Federal Agency for Civic Education, as well as local partners in Chicago, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington.

Partners of the Goethe-Institut Toronto are The Arquives, Inside Out Festival, Pride Toronto, and Stackt.+


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Program & Media Contact:
Jutta Brendemühl
Program Curator
Goethe-Institut Toronto