Queer Community through Photographic Acts. Three Entrances to an Artistic Research Project Approaching LGBTQIA Russia
This compilation thesis is made within the field of fotografisk gestaltning (photography) and is a study of the potential for queer community to emerge through photographic acts. It consists of two artworks that have been presented in a series of exhibitions, published texts, workshops, and lectures. The artworks are the photography-, video-, and sound-based installation State of Mind, and the photographic series At the Time of the Third Reading/Vid tiden för den tredje läsningen/Во время третьего чтения, which is presented as framed images as well as in book form. The publication Queer Community through Photographic Acts introduces the research through three entry points: photography, queer, and artworks. The first two entries highlight how these concepts are used in the research as practices and theories. The latter is a written visit to the artworks that takes place from different temporal and situational positions, and reflects on the work with LGBTQIA issues and community over borders. The focus is on the emergence of community within, and through, the artworks, and how this may produce recognition of certain identities. At the same time, the artworks may destabilize what is taken for norms. How community emerges in the process of making art, as well as when activating the finalized works through exhibitions, workshops, and other presentations, is also explored. The subject of the artworks is lesbian living in St. Petersburg, a Russian women’s camp, and how one may navigate through society as queer identities. Group portraits and community form the overall foundation for the gestaltning of the artworks. The conditions for making art with the Russian LGBTQIA community as an artist from abroad are taken into consideration, as well as other shared embodied positions such as queerness and whiteness. This is performed through notions of positions and movement, as well as paying attention to an in-between – Trinh T. Minh-ha’s concept which opens for a space of change and resistance to fixed positioning.
Parts of work
At the Time of the Third Reading/ Во время третьего чтения, edited by Annica Karlsson Rixon, published by Art and Theory Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 978-91-88031-29-7.At the Time of the Third Reading/Vid tiden för den tredje läsningen/Во время третьего чтения (2013), photography series. Selected photographs from the series represented in the collections of the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation (2013) and Malmö Art Museum (2014).State of Mind (2008), a photography-, video- and sound-based installation made as a collaborative project between Annica Karlsson Rixon and Anna Viola Hallberg. Part of the Gothenburg Museum of Art’s collection since 2016.Dissertation exhibition: Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, June 8 – September 4, 2016.
Doctor of Philosophy
Göteborgs universitet. Konstnärliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Valand Academy ; Akademin Valand
Fredag 26 augusti 2016 kl 14.00, Världskulturmuseet, Södra vägen 54, Göteborg
Date of defence
Karlsson Rixon, Annica
Trinh T. Minh-ha
978-91-88031-30-3 (digital version)
ISBN: 978-91-88031-03-7 (printed version)