Friday, April 12, 2013

'Queer Bodies' at Fringe! Film Festival

Fringe!  is the East London Queer Film Festival.  Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, it was a response to funding for the BFI's LLGFF being cut 3 years ago.

For this year's Art @ Fringe, Konstantinos Menelaou and I have curated a slideshow installation on the theme of the queer body.

Accompanied by retro (70s, 80s, 90s) pop music, the slideshow is intended to show interpretations of the queer body for the viewer's pleasure and enjoyment.   

No explanations/ stories are given, it is intended as a simple celebration of the queer body, moving away from the political.

The show is on for one weekend only and takes place at :

School of Fringe! @ The Old Cardinal Pole School, Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD

Friday 12th April, 6pm-10pm,   Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April, 1pm-11pm

Here is the press release:


Alex Grace & Konstantinos Menelaou                    

Queer Bodies

School of Fringe! @ The Old Cardinal Pole School, Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD
Friday 12th April, 6-10pm, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April, 1-11pm

Queer Bodies is a slide show curated by Alex Grace and Konstantinos Menelaou of found photographs – sourced from the internet, books, magazines and private collections – representing creative dialogue between the two artists on the subject of 'queer'. By focusing simply on the pleasure of viewing and admiration of forms, allowing pure sensation to take over, this work-in-progress implicitly discusses the rules by which queer objects are expected to abide in the arts, which limit our understanding and appreciation of what 'queer' is or can be.

Alex Grace is a commercial and fine art Photographer based in London.  Recent Exhibitions include ‘Exposure’ at Format 13, Derby’s International Photo Festival and ‘For Our Pleasure’ at Hackney Picturehouse, an Exhibition Alex produced and  curated.  Alex was also an Exhibitor at last year’s Fringe, showing work in the ‘Facing You’ installation.   Commercially, Alex’s diverse client list includes Channel 4, Oxfam and Attitude Magazine.

Film-maker, event producer and curator Konstantinos Menelaou moved from Greece to London in 2001 where he still lives and works. In September 2009 he completed his MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s College after studying Contemporary Media Practice at University of Westminster where he specialised in experimental film and video. His personal video and film work has been shown at film festivals and gallery shows around the world including Cannes Film Festival, Miami Art Basel, Le Centre Pompidou and the BFI, and since November 2011 he works as a Curator and Producer for Fringe! Film and Arts Festival in London.

Formerly a French Protestant hospital as well as a place of learning, the magnificent Old Cardinal Pole School has been used by Future Cinema, the team behind 'Secret Cinema', for spectacles such as an immersive theatrical version of The Shawshank Redemption earlier this year. The school is now being offered as a pop-up community centre for organisations and individuals to use the space for their own projects.

Fringe! Film Festival is an audio-visual arts adventure rooted in London’s gay creative community and welcoming everyone. Cinema is the core of Fringe! Its program includes powerful new films, old classics and provocative shorts as well as art exhibitions, performances and parties collaborating with the best of London’s alternative art scene and reaching deep into local communities.


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