The exhibition of two artists interested in queer art. The Irène Mélix exhibition will be complemented by a screening of the film _The Nettle_ by Chinese Artist Piaoyu Xie.
Clubbing on a gay night turns into a glittering party. Among the guests are Olga Rado, Mette, Eri and many other book favourites. The ladies* nestle around the tables, smoking cigarettes, the authors order one beer after another at the bar, while Fräulein Dr. Südekum keeps to her corner, trying not to stick out. A boisterous, familiar air fills the room and chat-ups are whirring around. No-one seems to notice the lone scorpion, which climbs up the wall behind the counter… This is where the women* who love women* meet to flirt, kiss and whisper sweet to one another, to talk, dance and write lesbian herstory.
The audiopiece lavender songs will be released on the opening of the exhibition La culotte de sapho. In the last years, Irène Mélix has been researching the construction of lesbian* identity, mainly in novels and newspapers of the 1920s. Getting to know Alexandra, Gert, Mette and many other figures, browsing through dating apps and lonely hearts ads, looking into the atmosphere of lesbian bars and investigate photos for the expressions of desire, she deals with the question of how to create language and images for lesbian* identity, lesbian* passion and life.
The exhibition will be preset with screening of film The Nettle / Piaoyu Xie / Czech republic, China 2017 / 22 min – Nikola and his girlfriend go to a party, but the condition is that all boys put on makeup. Not only this moment, but mainly spending the summer at Anna’s father house in a picturesque village evokes questions in a teenage boy that irrevocably trigger the process of self-realization.
Irène Mélix (* 1988, Stuttgart) studied fine arts in Dresden and Cracow, cultural science in Hildesheim and Paris. She is a cultural worker in artistic and political terms. She uses a large variety of media to deal with questions related to politics, gender-issues, literature and history. She is interested in the peculiarity of the artists‘ profession and part of the union FAU. As a part of the artists‘ duo team2 (Theresa Schnell), she investigated the emancipatory potential of sub-cultural milieus. For several years, she has been researching on the construction of lesbian* identity in language and visual culture. The deep-level clearing, a term from building industry, can stand as an image for her approach: hydraulic hammer, demolition grab, screening bucket, backhoe bucket and sorting grab are strategies of her flying range.
Piaoyu Xie (* 1991, China) moved to Prague after receiving a bachelor degree in film in Hong Kong Baptist University, and to pursue her MFA degree in directing in Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) since 2013. Her previous shorts On the Other Side (2014), All of Me (2015) and documentary Katerina 4392 (2014) among others were screened at numerous festivals and also on Czech TV. Her latest film The Nettle (2017), a coming-of-age queer drama, premiered in BFI Flare and selected into the official selection of Palm Spring International Shortfest and many other festivals, recently it’s been shortlisted for the Iris Prize (one of the prestigious awards for LGBT shorts). Piaoyu is currently working on the post-production of her new short film Cicada and her feature debut The Ugly Mandarine with producer Veronika Kührová from Analog Vision, a Prague based production house.