Dean’s Bed is Love, intimacy, dreams, longing, conceit, queerness, identity, authenticity and beauty.
Made by Dean Hutton, with people, not of subjects – Chosen family, old friends, new friends, artists. Working, playing, with the participants to reveal, but not capture, ultimate expressions of self… a naked… bare self that holds agency. Shifting photographer to participant, creating relationships and abandoning distance.
Like much of the artist’s work, this series of intimate portraits challenges what is “normal” outside of binary concepts of gender, embracing fluidity and a comfortable expression of difference. These issues of difference are particularly complex within an African context where Hutton’s white skin often places them as foreign to the continent while belonging nowhere else. Hutton deals deeply with the issue of whiteness in much of their work, particularly in their attempt to deconstruct the destructive possibilities of the white gaze and working with participants, never subjects, to disrupt the power relationships in the act of photography.
Dean’s Bed was presented at the 2014 Liste ArtFair Basel and FNB Joburg Artfair by Maria Fidel Regueros and ROOM gallery.
zuerichtanzt.ch is a city-wide dance festival bringing the best of contemporary dance practices and innovations from around the world to Zurich.
Saturday 4 May 2019 (Zürich) PERFORM Breathe Goldendean, 3pm @Kulturehaus Helferei, Kirchgasse 13, 8001
Lausanne: lafeteduslip.xxx Art Festival interested in Body, Gender & Sexuality
Friday 10 May 2019 (Lausanne) PERFORM Breathe Goldendean La Fête du Slip, 6pm
Saturday 11 May 2019 (Lausanne) PERFORM Breathe Goldendean 6pm
Arsenic Rue de Genève 57, 1004 Lausanne
Travelling Cultural Exchange Residency with Marcel Schwald in Queer activist spaces
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 (Basel)artist talk and exchange in the frame of the exhibition „May: Month of Work” at Kaskadenkondensator
www.kasko.ch/ Project space for contemporary art and performance
Geneva: with outragecollectif and FluidRadikal
Wed, 15 May 2019 (Geneva) Mxnifest(u)topia collage Workshop with trans-activists 6.30pm
Thursday, 16 May 2019, (Geneva) PERFORM Breathe Goldendean 8 to 10pm
www.outragecollectif.noblogs.org/ decolonial ANTIRACIST collective
www.facebook.com/FluidRadikal.FLURAX Platform programming artists with anti-oppressive positioning (queer feminists, transforms, trans *, non-binary and / or racialised persons)
Bern: frauenraum.ch/ Frauenraum Bern Wagenplatz Bethlehem: A radical queer trailer park
Saturday, 18 May 2019 (Bern) PERFORM Goldendean Bread in Bern Bethlehem, followed by a gathering (traditional cake production)
Sunday, 19 May 2019 (Bern) BRAINSTORM QUEER SUMMERCAMP/ ACADEMY and artists talk.
Annual Zurich dance festival has been running since 2006. It was organized by the dance network Reso throughout Switzerland and in cooperation with local partners in various cities. The City of Zurich recognized the potential of this event and decided to focus on dance within the framework of the legislative focus on the cultural and creative city of Zurich. Since then, the dance festival has been called the annual Zurich dance festival under the new name ZÜRICH TANZT.
La Fête du Slip
a multidisciplinary festival that explores the themes of body, gender, and sexuality in art. Our shortflim competition aims to reward films that present a high artistic quality, explore fresh ideas about gender and sexuality, in new and innovative ways. We particularly encourage films that explore new approaches to erotic narratives, and that renew traditional representations of bodies, genders, and sexualities.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE RESIDENCY with MARCEL SCHWALD IN BASEL, GENEVA AND BERN “ART AND ACTIVISM WEEK
Marcel Schwald works as a director, dramaturg and writer in Switzerland, and currently also in Greece and India. He is active in the fields of theatre, dance and performance art.
In his work, he mixes practices of theatre, performance art, community work, journalism and sociology. Besides a strong collaborative aspect, Marcel Schwald’s pieces often question some of the predominant eurocentric/western narratives in the social, political and aesthetic discourse and try to formulate different proposals considering the interrelations in a globalized world. The material for this can be an avant-garde novel, telling a western migration story such as Gertrude Stein’s THE MAKING OF AMERICANS, as well as narratives of transgender identity in India, like in EF_FEMININITY
www.kasko.ch – Kaskadenkondensator Basel
www.frauenraum.ch – Frauenraum Bern
Wagenplatz Bethlehem (no website)
www.outragecollectif.noblogs.org – Outrage Collectif Lausanne & Geneva
www.facebook.com/FluidRadikal.FLURAX – FluidRadikal Geneva
supported by @iwalewabooks, @zurichtanzt, @la fête du slip, marcel schwald, fluidradikal, outrage collectif, frauenraum bern
ADDITIONAL FUNDING BY PROHELVETIA SWISS ARTS COUNCIL
First presented at the Bag Factory, and then Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square Alex Dodd writes of The Crucible in the Art Times: “The viewer must crouch down and enter through razor wire portals into the smoke- lled interior surrounded by a crucible of projected ames blazing around a small altar on which lies a South African ID book. It’s the closest I’ve come to experiencing what it must have felt like to be a victim of one of the violent attacks on foreigners. Better than reading so many life-sapping newspaper reports… ”
“The book is a handbook for all who have a desire to understand the encasement of the white identity, for those who want to destroy the white identity, for those who love performance art, crave safe spaces, believe in community healing and enjoy personal reflections in an academic text. An extremely personal work; this is Goldendean and Dean Hutton presented in a bound format.” Marcia Elizabeth
On Friday 15 March 2019, from 7pm – 11pm Goldendean, GALA and Iwalewabooks will host the book launch of Plan B, A Gathering of Stranger (or) This is not working and a pop-up exhibition.
Guests are invited to “Be Bold, Come Gold” to Breezeblock for conversation, comfort and a chance to engage critically with the white body in the time of decolonisation.
“Lovers and fighters come dance to radical rhythms in celebration of revolutionary queer counter-narratives.”