Opening Night: Fri 13 May (free, all welcome)
Installation on display: 14 – 28 May (free, all welcome)
Join the opening party for How to Survive a Flood @Gaybar by artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, a three-week residency transforming DRAF Studio. For this launch event, the artists design and serve cocktails in a bar-performance, with DJ sets by Nkisi and Summer Faggot Deathwish.
The commission 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 early twentieth century been a holiday destination and space of freedom for New York’s gay community, however a history of police brutality, AIDs, rapid gentrification and most recently hurricanes Sandy have complicated the identity of the island. @Gaybar imagines Fire Island as a queer, sci-fi and anarchic space to critique the relationship between private property, gentrification and the production of a standardised white gay & lesbian subjectivity. An audio work (produced by Jan Piasecki) combines pop music with samples of ecological disasters including hurricanes and melting ice caps. Three videos weave together found footage of Fire Island immediately following Hurricane Sandy, as luxury 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 will host a second event on Sat 21 May, with performance by Paul Maheke
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.
Belgium-raised, London-based producer and DJ Melika Ngombe Kolongo is Nkisi. Her high-octane style fuses various danceable forms, from gabber to doomcore to Central and West African club tracks. She is the co-founder of NON Records, a collective of artists from the African diaspora whose releases are oriented towards loosening gridlocked hegemonies. Nkisi is a regular at London’s Endless club night, and as a producer, she fashions densely layered, obstinate tracks designed to trigger and question collective memories.
@Gaybar in-house DJ Summer Faggot Deathwish is London-based artist Sam Cottington.