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Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom. Giuseppe Campuzano / Miguel A. López

Published at:23.05.2016

Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom is a project by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler that has been executed in various formats since 2014. Banners made by 12 artists will be presented on MOCAK’s elevation, showcasing utopian projections that serve the purposes of secession from and resistance to the world of now. Most of these banners were originally produced for the façade of the Secession in Vienna.

In the current month (26.5–27.6.2016) we are showing the work:

Giuseppe Campuzano / Miguel A. López, Beauty Salon | Salón De Belleza, 2014

Miguel A. López explores the social and political legacy of Giuseppe Campuzano (1969–2013). The composition of the banner is based on four portrait photographs that show the Peruvian philosopher and drag queen. The photographs of Campuzano made up as four different characters document an exploration of alternative identity.

In 2004, Giuseppe Campuzano launched the Transvestite Museum of Peru (Museo Travesti del Perú). The project aimed for a critical approach to the traditional treatment of gender, memory and representation, leading to a queer re‑reading of history. Objects, photographs, texts, archival material and works of art were assembled with a view to using them in actions and publications. The result was a diversified collection of ways of showing the body – from the androgynous figures of the pre‑Columbian Moche ceramics to portraits of the saints who have not been recognised by the Church but appear in apocryphal records. Campuzano and his collaborators used these themes to reject the privileged status of heteronormative subjectivity.