UTOPIA is an exploration into an idyllic vision of queer life in Amsterdam. Embracing community, history, and the deep and rich value of queer being, Beyond Photography invites a range of Amsterdam creatives across a range of disciplines to portray a view of a utopian future for the LGBTQIA+ community.
The exhibition aims to explore how people from differing queer backgrounds view and hope for a better future of queer life. UTOPIA encourages artists to think about the symbiotic ways in which art from a range of disciplines and image based media (such as photography, film, AI coding, 3D rendering, and audiovisual installation) can come together to showcase the curated theme of a queer utopia. The brief encourages openness and exploration: no topic or form of creation is off limits.
UTOPIA will be hosted at NDSM Fuse and will be open from the 31st of July until the 15th of August. Throughout the exhibition, Beyond Photography will bring a series of public online panel talks free to watch to the public. These talks will engage with artists from the exhibition as well as other members of the queer community in various creative roles in Amsterdam. This way, UTOPIA is set to be the educative centre of Pride Amsterdam 2021, offering the public an informative, inclusive and intersectional experience.
We are thrilled to announce our amazing intersectional and multidisciplinary line up of artists, who are all pillars in the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community. We proudly welcome to UTOPIA: Supernature, ChelseaBoy (Drags of Anarchy), Marcela Ferri, Martine Kamara, Queer Skateclub Amsterdam, Aoibhin Killeen & Stella Marbles and Arthur Candio.
UTOPIA will be an invigorating yet raw approach to exhibition curation, igniting a passion for positive change and creating a sense of community across intersectional backgrounds. The voices raised by the Beyond Photography platform highlight the strides in which the queer community has made, and also the progress that we wish to make.
Stay tuned for all updates on UTOPIA, we have lots of beautiful stuff coming your way.
We want to especially thank our sponsor, Kinki Kappers, for making this exhibition possible.