House of Bent (2020/2021)



House of Bent is an installation carried out in colaboration with La Erreria (House of Bent) in which a transfeminist and queer methodology is used to blur the boundaries between art, crafts and “handicrafts” in order to question the values of the art institutions and the art market. It is an expansive and anatomical installation based on our house-museum in Xàtiva and its collection, and reflects another way to construct a collection, based on affectivity, story-telling and queer/transfeminist activism.

The installation includes assemblages from our series R.I.P. (Reproducción Intervenida Procedente- del Rastro de Valencia, which translates roughly as Intervened Reproduction Procured at the fleamarket of Valencia) and U.D.M.A.D. (trans: Uniform of Director of the Museum of Decorative Arts) alongside work by Aldo Alcota, Alice Roth, Almudena López, Amaury Grisel, Angela Dalinger, Annie Sprinkle y Beth Stephens, Balfourgisnacht Monster, Cabello/Carceller, Chris Korda, Divine David, J. Palacios, Joan Isobel Bell, jole, Jose Ruiz Segura, Macarena De La Cruz, Marquéz de Gea, Mery Sut, O.R.G.I.A., Prefix-poly, Rampova, Rapha Hu, Samantha Sweeting, Simon Murphy and Toni Cordero.

It formed part of the collective exhibition “DE REÜLL: 1990-2020. Cultivate, share, practice…” (from dec. 2020 to feb. 2021) curated by Rafael Tormo Cuenca at the CCCC Arts Centre in Valencia.

If art is a vehicle of social transformation, a way of experimenting politically, aesthetically with life we must develop strategies in our dealings with the system. In this exhibition Tormo attempts to expand the horizons of the institution in a curatorial project which inverts the usual hierarchies in which the institution is invested, putting outsider art, art made by housewives, queers, drag queens and geeks alongside the work of radically political artists like Santiago Serra and Josep Renau who form part of the hallowed modern/contemporary art cannon.

The exhibition is audacious, ambitious and decidedly queer in the radical sense that it overturns hierarchies, and dissolves boundaries. Loosely based on the work of the artists collective De Reüll, whose main objective is the promotion of the visual arts, the exhibition presents the work of the group showing documentation of the exhibitions, publications and conferences they have organised alongside the work of other collectives and artists which situate the group chronologically within its historical and sociopolitical context and analyses the failed project of the Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy.
This unusual approach creates a frame of reference for their work placing it in a wider context which extends from the past -and the masterly anti fascist collages of Josep Renau (1907-1982)- to the future with the hugely popular frieze based on the memes of the collective Kalebarraka.

Tormo´s project is in line with his practice of "pensamiento crítico" (critical thinking), a way of inhabiting the paradox, of assuming our position as subjects living in a system we despise but cannot escape, a system that we form part of however much we may try to convince ourselves we are uncontaminated by it. Another way to frame this kind of discourse is through queer theory and there are many other LGTBQ artists in the exhibition including William James with images of a project carried out with De Reull or Juan Del Gado, a photographer who documented (in slides that are projected) the drag scene that formed around the mythical bar Covarrubias where Champán the "first republican drag queen" performed. Si llegas o es regreso (1995) is a short film by the director Sigfrid Monleón which recalls Fassbinder's Querelle. Based on the poetry of Gil de Biedma the film documents a train journey where the poet spies on three russian sailors from the battleship Potemkin travelling to an unknown destination. It thus connects homoeroticism with communism in a dreamlike series of images where the sailors seem to challenge the camera, seducing it.

In many ways the exhibition is a labour of love for the rebel spirits of Valencia and apart from our installation included a recent interview with Consuelo Ciskar my drag alter ego, based on the ex director of the nearby IVAM museum in which I carried out a critique of the institution and the role of the curator.

House of Bent es una instalación realizada en colaboración con La Erreria (House of Bent) donde se utiliza una metodología transfeminista y queer/cuir para difuminar los limites entre arte, artesanía y manualidades y cuestionar los valores de las instituciones y el mercado del arte. House of Bent es una instalación expansiva y anatómica, en torno a la casa-museo La Erreria de Xàtiva y su colección, que muestra otra forma de hacer coleccionismo basada en la afectividad, el relato y el activismo cuir/transfeminista.

La instalación incluye varias assemblages y creaciones de las series R.I.P. (Reproducción Intervenida Procedente- del Rastro de Valencia) y U.D.M.A.D. ((Uniforme de Director/a de Museo de Artes Decorativos) además de obras de Aldo Alcota, Alice Roth, Almudena López, Amaury Grisel, Angela Dalinger, Annie Sprinkle y Beth Stephens, Balfourgisnacht Monster, Cabello/Carceller, Chris Korda, Divine David, J. Palacios, Joan Isobel Bell, jole, Jose Ruiz Segura, Macarena De La Cruz, Marquéz de Gea, Mery Sut, O.R.G.I.A., Prefix-poly, Rampova, Rapha Hu, Samantha Sweeting, Simon Murphy y Toni Cordero.

Forma parte de la exposición colectiva “DE REÜLL: 1990-2020. Cultivar,compartir, practicar. De representacions, pràctiques i contextos” (dic. 2020 - feb. 2021) comisariada por Rafael Tormo Cuenca en el Centro del Carmen de Valencia. La exposición también incluyó una entrevista a Consuelo Ciskar, mi alter ego drag, basada en la ex directora del IVAM.

Otras artistas LGTBQ en la exposición incluye William James con imágenes de un proyecto realizado con De Reull; el fotógrafo Juan Del Gado, que documentó (en diapositivas que están proyectadas) la escena transformista que había en torno al bar mítico Covarrubias donde actuaba Champán la "primera transformista republicana" de Valencia, y un cortometraje del director de cine Sigfrid Monleón (director del "Cónsul de Sodoma" ) con su Si Llegas o es retorno (1995) basado en la poesía de Gil de Biezma que recuerda el Querelle de Fassbinder con sus escenas de marineros rusos del acorazado Potemkin en el carruaje de un tren.

House of Bent (2020/2021)



House of Bent is an installation carried out in colaboration with La Erreria (House of Bent) in which a transfeminist and queer methodology is used to blur the boundaries between art, crafts and “handicrafts” in order to question the values of the art institutions and the art market. It is an expansive and anatomical installation based on our house-museum in Xàtiva and its collection, and reflects another way to construct a collection, based on affectivity, story-telling and queer/transfeminist activism.

The installation includes assemblages from our series R.I.P. (Reproducción Intervenida Procedente- del Rastro de Valencia, which translates roughly as Intervened Reproduction Procured at the fleamarket of Valencia) and U.D.M.A.D. (trans: Uniform of Director of the Museum of Decorative Arts) alongside work by Aldo Alcota, Alice Roth, Almudena López, Amaury Grisel, Angela Dalinger, Annie Sprinkle y Beth Stephens, Balfourgisnacht Monster, Cabello/Carceller, Chris Korda, Divine David, J. Palacios, Joan Isobel Bell, jole, Jose Ruiz Segura, Macarena De La Cruz, Marquéz de Gea, Mery Sut, O.R.G.I.A., Prefix-poly, Rampova, Rapha Hu, Samantha Sweeting, Simon Murphy and Toni Cordero.

It formed part of the collective exhibition “DE REÜLL: 1990-2020. Cultivate, share, practice…” (from dec. 2020 to feb. 2021) curated by Rafael Tormo Cuenca at the CCCC Arts Centre in Valencia.

If art is a vehicle of social transformation, a way of experimenting politically, aesthetically with life we must develop strategies in our dealings with the system. In this exhibition Tormo attempts to expand the horizons of the institution in a curatorial project which inverts the usual hierarchies in which the institution is invested, putting outsider art, art made by housewives, queers, drag queens and geeks alongside the work of radically political artists like Santiago Serra and Josep Renau who form part of the hallowed modern/contemporary art cannon.

The exhibition is audacious, ambitious and decidedly queer in the radical sense that it overturns hierarchies, and dissolves boundaries. Loosely based on the work of the artists collective De Reüll, whose main objective is the promotion of the visual arts, the exhibition presents the work of the group showing documentation of the exhibitions, publications and conferences they have organised alongside the work of other collectives and artists which situate the group chronologically within its historical and sociopolitical context and analyses the failed project of the Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy.
This unusual approach creates a frame of reference for their work placing it in a wider context which extends from the past -and the masterly anti fascist collages of Josep Renau (1907-1982)- to the future with the hugely popular frieze based on the memes of the collective Kalebarraka.

Tormo´s project is in line with his practice of "pensamiento crítico" (critical thinking), a way of inhabiting the paradox, of assuming our position as subjects living in a system we despise but cannot escape, a system that we form part of however much we may try to convince ourselves we are uncontaminated by it. Another way to frame this kind of discourse is through queer theory and there are many other LGTBQ artists in the exhibition including William James with images of a project carried out with De Reull or Juan Del Gado, a photographer who documented (in slides that are projected) the drag scene that formed around the mythical bar Covarrubias where Champán the "first republican drag queen" performed. Si llegas o es regreso (1995) is a short film by the director Sigfrid Monleón which recalls Fassbinder's Querelle. Based on the poetry of Gil de Biedma the film documents a train journey where the poet spies on three russian sailors from the battleship Potemkin travelling to an unknown destination. It thus connects homoeroticism with communism in a dreamlike series of images where the sailors seem to challenge the camera, seducing it.

In many ways the exhibition is a labour of love for the rebel spirits of Valencia and apart from our installation included a recent interview with Consuelo Ciskar my drag alter ego, based on the ex director of the nearby IVAM museum in which I carried out a critique of the institution and the role of the curator.

House of Bent es una instalación realizada en colaboración con La Erreria (House of Bent) donde se utiliza una metodología transfeminista y queer/cuir para difuminar los limites entre arte, artesanía y manualidades y cuestionar los valores de las instituciones y el mercado del arte. House of Bent es una instalación expansiva y anatómica, en torno a la casa-museo La Erreria de Xàtiva y su colección, que muestra otra forma de hacer coleccionismo basada en la afectividad, el relato y el activismo cuir/transfeminista.

La instalación incluye varias assemblages y creaciones de las series R.I.P. (Reproducción Intervenida Procedente- del Rastro de Valencia) y U.D.M.A.D. ((Uniforme de Director/a de Museo de Artes Decorativos) además de obras de Aldo Alcota, Alice Roth, Almudena López, Amaury Grisel, Angela Dalinger, Annie Sprinkle y Beth Stephens, Balfourgisnacht Monster, Cabello/Carceller, Chris Korda, Divine David, J. Palacios, Joan Isobel Bell, jole, Jose Ruiz Segura, Macarena De La Cruz, Marquéz de Gea, Mery Sut, O.R.G.I.A., Prefix-poly, Rampova, Rapha Hu, Samantha Sweeting, Simon Murphy y Toni Cordero.

Forma parte de la exposición colectiva “DE REÜLL: 1990-2020. Cultivar,compartir, practicar. De representacions, pràctiques i contextos” (dic. 2020 - feb. 2021) comisariada por Rafael Tormo Cuenca en el Centro del Carmen de Valencia. La exposición también incluyó una entrevista a Consuelo Ciskar, mi alter ego drag, basada en la ex directora del IVAM.

Otras artistas LGTBQ en la exposición incluye William James con imágenes de un proyecto realizado con De Reull; el fotógrafo Juan Del Gado, que documentó (en diapositivas que están proyectadas) la escena transformista que había en torno al bar mítico Covarrubias donde actuaba Champán la "primera transformista republicana" de Valencia, y un cortometraje del director de cine Sigfrid Monleón (director del "Cónsul de Sodoma" ) con su Si Llegas o es retorno (1995) basado en la poesía de Gil de Biezma que recuerda el Querelle de Fassbinder con sus escenas de marineros rusos del acorazado Potemkin en el carruaje de un tren.