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Exhibition opening: Friday, 21 April 2023 from 6 pm - 10 pm
W139's next exhibition, Substitutes, will be initiated by artist Philipp Gufler and opens on 21 April at 6 pm. Substitutes engages with queer history and discourses around the body, gender, and sexuality. The exhibition will feature artists across several generations working in a variety of mediums to contextualize and converse with these discourses.
The exhibition brings together works of Lorenza Böttner, Johannes Büttner, Johanna Gonschorek, Elisàr von Kupffer, Rabe perplexum, Louwrien Wijers, and Bruno Zhu. By connecting contemporary discussions to historical perspectives, Substitutes aims to create a "living archive" that brings the past to life for current generations.
Philipp Gufler will show a new work titled Body/Text: a large-scale silk screen printed textile piece that draws inspiration from Elisàr von Kupffer's panorama painting Klarwelt der Seligen (Clear World of the Blissful). Body/Text will reflect the larger concerns of the exhibition, namely the absence of bodies, the abstraction of the body, and the tools and language used to maintain and describe our bodies—costuming, staging, masks, layering, clothing. It questions the normative frameworks that queer and functionally diverse bodies are subjected to. The human body will be, paradoxically, both absent and present within the exhibition.
1012JB Amsterdam, Nederland
Tue – Sun 12:00 – 18:00