la clinique du queer
groupshow from Sept. 29th to Dec. 12th, 2020
at Maison Populaire, Montreuil (FR)
with Babi Badalov, Simon Brossard & Julie Villard, Gaëlle Choisne, Jude Crilly, Justin Fitzpatrick, La Gousse (Cécile Bouffard, Roxanne Maillet, Barbara Quintin), Paul Maheke, Raju Rage & Alpheratz, Julien Ribeiro, Bassem Saad, Eothen Stearn and Simon·e Thiébaut. In collaboration with Victorine Grataloup, HIGH HEAL, Tarek Lakhrissi, Les éditions douteuses & Rotolux Press.
la clinique du queer is a nickname: the name that an elective family (a chosen family) has decided to call its house, after passing in front of the shop of a leather repairman in Marseille, named “La clinique du cuir” (the leather clinic).
The pun, rather tempting, has become an object of analysis: what practices of solidarity, community, and cohabitation take place in this house, where individuals have decided to create their own family? Between care practices, communality, and sociability, la clinique du queer considers the reclaiming of stigmata that the medical-legal gaze applies to certain bodies, by questioning the operations and “repairs” that the modes of relation of LGBTQI+ minorities practise on reality: its present, past, and future. By metaphorically transposing the space of his house within the art centre, the curator Thomas Conchou invites the public to think about domestic practices and the ways families are made, at a time when, post-covid, the domestic space no longer seems to be able to claim to be a place withdrawn from the systemic violence of the world.
photo credits: Aurélien Mole & Simon·e Thiébaut
graphic design: Roxanne Maillet
This project is made possible thanks to the curatorial residency of Maison populaire, with the support of Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Île-de-France, Conseil régional d’Île-de-France, Conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Ville de Montreuil, CNC - Dicréam and Fluxus Art Projects.