Queer Spaces: London, 1980s–Today
Whitechapel Gallery, London
–25 August 2019
Queer discourses are increasingly present in the public media space. The Netflix production “Pose” is just the latest example of this development (see form 283). In the city, on the other hand, those places that explicitly give room to the queer are vanishing. The Whitechapel Gallery is dedicating an exhibition to these place.
The exhibition “Queer Spaces” at the Whitechapel Gallery in London demonstrates how great the influence of a city’s development can be on the identity of its citizens. Against the backdrop of a drastic decline in the number of public meeting places for the queer scene in London, which fell from 125 to 53 between 2006 and 2016, this exhibition examines the history of the scene and its urban spaces since the 1980s.
Archive material compiled by the University of London’s Urban Laboratory, and artistic works by artists such as Tom Burr, Prem Sahib, Evan Ifekoya and the artist duo Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hasting are brought together in the exhibition. The questions at the heart of the event are what constitutes queer places and what kind of freedom do urban spaces offer to the development of queer identities.