Our world is in upheaval, we face an existential threat both in terms of radical and rapid environmental change, in terms of ever-increasing violent political extremism on the far right, and a government that seems to work against our interests at every turn. As we live in the world today, asking ourselves and our community what we want to be free of, Queer Utopia engages with queer pleasure, love, joy, and friendship, encouragingly asking; what will we keep?
Queer Utopia is a collaborative sculptural and digital vision of a queer future: a pink, joyful, playful space created in response to a series of discussions between the artist and other queer people. For some, queer utopia was a physical place, a home, a building, or a forest filled with the people they love, and for others, it was a political statement. Our queer utopia is a place of freedom, of righteous anger, a place full to the very brim with loving and radical care for our comrades. The world we live in right now is often scared of us, and in turn, we are often scared of it; this exhibition serves as a fleeting glimpse into that peaceful, beautiful, queer future we are hoping for.
Queer Utopia by Mariette Feeney runs at A4 Sounds until May 30.