OpenArt is a place where everyone can express themselves through art, regardless of religion, outlook on life, social boundaries and prejudice. Event will feature unique works of art, installations and performances.
This year, at the festival, many new authors will present their best works, which will impress even the most sophisticated spectators. Particularly noteworthy are the collection of queer comics about young guys who are trying to figure out themselves and become happy, a series of nude paintings, as well as creative works that touch on the current topics of sexualized violence and the definition of their sexual identity.
A lot of interesting works await fans and admirers of photography. The famous film director, producer and photographer Seva Galkin will delight the guests of the festival with a series of candid works. Photographer Fil Pilgrim will present photographs in the nude style, the "Stigma" photo project will tell about people with unusual stories — from domestic violence to physical disabilities resulting from an accident. A guest from St. Petersburg Milaya Oli will come to the festival with a photo exhibition about people who have no place in mainstream magazines and mainstream discourse. The activist will also give a lecture "Transgender people in the media: who to follow and what to watch?".
In addition to exhibitions of artwork and photographs, guests can attend interactive workshops and master classes. Victoria Tsetlina, an employee of the Moscow Film Festival, will give a lecture on mail-gaze in 21st century cinema. Film critic Dmitry Yelagin will give a lecture "QUEER Who Has Declared Itself", where he will talk about movies that have become symbols of the struggle for the rights of the LGBTQ community, and the artist Olga Chekalina will show in her master class how to draw a model quickly and expressively. The Autoqueer Writing Workshop: How to Write Your Own Auto-Fiction Story will be of interest to those who want to explore their identity through autobiographical writing.
Within the framework of the festival will be held an open recording of the podcast "Say: Penis". The host of the podcast is sex educator Christina Pokrytan. Poetess and writer Oksana Vasyakina will be a special guest. The podcast will discuss queer literature and queer in non-queer literature, as well as talk about understanding corporeality and sexuality in art in general.
For fans and admirers of the animation format, a multi-part animation will be shown, tentatively titled "Routine" and an animation "Shall we talk?"
At the festival we are expecting invited foreign participants from Norway, Great Britain, the USA and Finland. A special guest of the festival from New York is Karen Ann Light, an actress who creates a collective improvised theater. At the festival Karen will present the performance Prowling in the Abyss. It’s about a devastated Medusa making an evening of comedy, but each act turns the show into a mythical confrontation with misogyny and initiation into a Queer Woman.
For the first time, a market place will be organized at the festival site, where designer goods, artwork, ceramics and painting will be presented. At the closing of the festival, a non-binary musician from St. Petersburg KuchkaKotyat (Ka) will perform during a Halloween costume party.
Festival address: Moscow, st. Baumanskaya, 15, Basmanny Dvor.
The detailed program of the festival can be found on the website
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