Sat 21 May, 6–11pm (free, all welcome)
Installation on display: 14 – 28 May (free, all welcome)
Join the second event of How To Survive a Flood @Gaybar, as artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings transform DRAF Studio over a three-week residency. For this event, the duo invite artist Paul Maheke to perform Knowing less, danse exotic, and DJs Butch Traxx (Sydney Baloue) and Summer Faggot Deathwish (Sam Cottington), as well as serving cocktails as part of their bar-performance.
The commission, part of Curators’ Series #9. Ways of Living, sees the artist duo construct a functioning bar in DRAF Studio with new video and audio works and light boxes looking at the history and present of the legendary New York gay resort Fire Island.
Fire Island has since the beginning of the twentieth century been a holiday destination and space of freedom for New York’s white gay community, a history of police brutality, AIDs, gentrification and most recently hurricanes Sandy and Katrina have complicated the identity of the island. @Gaybar imagines Fire Island as a queer sci-fi to critique the relationship between private property, gentrification and the production of a standardised white gay & Lesbian subjectivity. An audio work combines Ariana Grande’s pop hits with recordings of melting icecaps, hurricanes and other environmental disasters (produced with Jan Piasecki). Three videos weave together found footage of Fire Island immediately following Hurricane Sandy, as idyllic beach furniture collapses into the ocean. CGI landscapes on large light boxes imagine a surreal and mournful future for the island.
There will be the opportunity to make donations to the Albert Kennedy Foundation, a charity which provides urgent care for homeless LGBTQ youths.
Thanks to Chloe Filiani and Isabel Tennant.
How To Survive a Flood @Gaybar is part of Curators’ Series #9. Ways of Living by Arcadia Missa (15 Apr–23 Jul 2016).
DRAF Curators’ Series is supported by Arts Council England.
Thanks to DRAF Galleries Circle for supporting performance at DRAF.
Hannah Quinlan (b. 1991, UK) and Rosie Hastings (b. 1991, UK) are an artist duo living and working in London, best known for their project @Gaybar in which queer politics and history are remade in the context of a gay bar. They had their first joint solo exhibition at Arcadia Missa, London, in early 2015, titled TIFKAS, a virtual fabrication of a queer landscape and experience.
Paul Maheke (b.1985, France) is an artist currently living and working in London. His practice focuses – through video, installation, sculpture and furtive interventions – on the body as both an archive and a territory. With particular attention to dance, he proposes to defuse the power relations that shape Western imaginations. Recently, Maheke initiated a series of public conversations at Open School East, Beyond Beyoncé: Use It Like a Bumper!, considering Hip-Hop cultures through the lens of Queer and Black Feminist theory. His solo shows I Lost of The Swarm and Green Ray Turns Out To Be Mauve are currently on show at the South London Gallery and Green Ray.
DJ Butch Traxx (Sydney Baloue) is a rising star in the London Ballroom Scene and member of the pioneering House of UltraOmni. Her weekly radio show to Brixton plays voguing beats, soulful disco and house.
@Gaybar in-house DJ Summer Faggot Deathwish is London-based artist Sam Cottington.