Substitutes engages with queer history and discourses around the body, gender, and sexuality. It features artists across several generations working in a variety of mediums to contextualise and converse with these discourses. The exhibition is about the absence of bodies, the abstraction of the body, and the tools and language we use to maintain or describe our bodies—costuming, staging, masks, layering, clothing. It questions the normative frameworks that queer and functionally diverse people are subjected to. The human body is, paradoxically, both absent and present within the exhibition.
Initiated by the artist Philipp Gufler, Substitutes brings together works of Lorenza Böttner, Johanna Gonschorek, Elisàr von Kupffer, Rabe perplexum, Louwrien Wijers, Johannes Büttner, and Bruno Zhu. Philipp Gufler will show a new work titled Body/Text: a large-scale silk screen printed textile piece that draws inspiration from Elisàr von Kupffer’s panorama painting Klarwelt der Seligen (Clear World of the Blissful). By connecting contemporary discussions to historical perspectives, the exhibition aims to create a ‘living archive’. Drawing together artistic positions from then and now, the exhibition traces queer lives and networks from the past to our present.
Download the exhibition handout here: Zine substitutes
Photography by Pieter Kers.
Visual identity by Jacob Hoving.
This exhibition is generously supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds21, Goethe Institut, Centro Elisarion, Pro Elisarion Association, Monacensia im Hildebrandhaus, Forum Queeres Archiv München and Grafisch Atelier Hilversum.
8 – 30 July 2023
Salwa’s Internet Cafe @ W139
SALWA’s Internet Café is an invitation to re-imagine the potential of a landscape that was created by the internet. Through their Open Call, creatives are invited to explore questions revolving around the internet as a space, virtual, physical, or conceptual. Four migrant participants living in the Netherlands will be accepted for a three-month residency from April to June. Artists will meet to share literature, resources, stories and experiences in relation to the topic. The residency will conclude with an exhibition at W139 in July 2023.
8 September – 29 October 2023
W139 is excited to open up its space with W139 hosts…, a dynamic seven-week long programme, providing makers and initiatives with the opportunity to present new projects or work-in-progress. This initiative serves as a platform for communities to meet and exchange ideas while aiming to support, enhance, and contribute to the artistic ecosystem.
Through an open call, artists, designers, curators, mediators, collectives, local initiatives, and communities are invited to propose projects and ideas that they consider urgent and relevant. This can include new works, works-in-progress, experiments, durational pieces, installations, performances, screenings, sound works, workshops, gatherings, rehearsals, informal work presentations, and much more.
Look out for our open call!
Art Market – Farida Sedoc
The Art Market departs from questions around how we can experiment with different forms of independent self-sufficiency within the cultural field. The exhibition aims to create a discursive space through which we’ll share, exchange knowledge, and learn about ways to exist under precarious conditions. Through an open call, artists, designers, and cultural workers will be invited to sell whatever they want in a market setting, with the ‘give and take’ dynamics of the art economy in mind.