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MILITANT DESIRE: LIONEL SOUKAZ SEXUAL LIBERATION TODAY
May 29 - Jun 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
Screenings on Wednesdays 29 May, 5 June, 12 June, 7pm
 
Militant Desire is a programme of film forums and consciousness-raising sessions around the experimental films of French gay liberation pioneer Lionel Soukaz. Rather than merely situating his early filmmaking in historical context, against the backdrop of sexual liberation movements in 1970s France, this programme aims to test their current relevance for intersectional and anti-capitalist queer debates in the present.
 
An early member of the Front for Homosexual Revolutionary Action (FHAR), filmmaker Lionel Soukaz worked together with writers, activists and public intellectuals including Guy Hocquenghem, Michel Foucault, Hervé Guibert and other pioneering figures in the early discourse of queer theory. His films from the 1970s and 1980s constitute a radical critique of assimilationist politics and anticipate contemporary concerns including the co-optation of queer culture; race and gay rights as a colonial project; the invisibility of working class people within the queer community; and the class and gender divide within revolutionary politics.
 
Militant Desire attempts to test if these films and activist strategies from our immediate past have undetonated potential in the present. To this end, the programme revives the 1970s activist model of the consciousness-raising session or film forum. Each screening will be followed by the group sharing and discussing their experience of the issues raised and how we might effect change in the present. Through these sessions, the institution learns from its audience and the form of the retrospective is rethought as future facing, dynamic and vital to grassroots politics.
 
This is the first retrospective of Soukaz’s work in the UK for two decades. Following three screenings at Gasworks, a programme at LUX will be the first to situate Soukaz’s output in the context of his British contemporaries. The printed guide to his work – with new and collected texts – will be the first published in the UK, and several of the films have never before been shown in this country.
 
Militant Desire is a programme curated by Paul Clinton. The programme is jointly presented by Gasworks and LUX thanks to the generous support of Fluxus Art Projects.
The screenings at Gasworks are free to attend with no booking required. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Click to enlargeEDUARDO NAVARRO
Apr 9 - Jun 14, 2020
Eduardo Navarro's work moves away from representation, creating instead sensorial experiences with the potential to induce a radical transformation of the self and others. His exhibition at Gasworks will transform the gallery into a living, breathing organism that inhales air from the street and pumps it back into public space. Acting as a large-scale prosthetic device, the installation invites viewers to synchronise their breath, metabolism and biorhythms with the architecture itself and other members of the audience. With a simple gesture, Navarro’s exhibition offers the possibility of entering a telepathic community, a shared space-time of experience.

GALA PORRAS-KIM
Jul 2 - Sep 13, 2020
Private view Wed Jul 1 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Gala Porras-Kim's work traces the global circulation of ancient precolonial artefacts extracted from their original sites and stored in museums and private collections, exploring how the definitions and possibilities of these objects change in response to each context. Departing from official replicas of the monoliths recently found inside the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, her exhibition at Gasworks unravels the many worlds colliding in these powerful stones, from international copyright laws to cosmologies, stars and forces greater than us.

ADAM KHALIL AND BAYLEY SWEITZER
Oct 1 - Dec 20, 2020
Private view Wed Sep 30 8.30pm - 8.30pm
Acclaimed for their science-fiction political thrillers set against a backdrop of racialised police brutality and mass surveillance, their films combine camcorder footage and pro-shot video, digital animation and drone imaging. Multiple sources and formats are weaved together into a kaleidoscopic experience that subverts traditional forms of storytelling through the excavation of subterranean histories and the engagement with indigenous worldviews, queer energies and minoritarian politics.

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