press release

The group exhibition SHIFT — beyond the binary im Frappant questions contemporary understandings of gender roles. The artist* collective POSSY curates works that represent different positions in relation to gender and identity. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to use intermedial works, readings and to immerse performances in different realities. On show are artistic contributions dealing with themes of embodiment, disembodiment, dissolution and formation. It is also important to question whether and how a political and feminist interest can be represented through identities without falling into power structures that require and maintain privileged points of view. We would like to open the doors for all exhibition visitors to immerse themselves in an investigation of constructions and invite them to actively become part of this discourse themselves. What is a current understanding of binary gender roles such as stereotypically »female« or »male«? What is controversial, what is fragile? Why does the gender debate come to the fore in the 21st century and to what extent is the recognition of the dignity of all beings linked to the dissolution of duality? What does resistance in thought, experimentation and action mean?

Artistic positions are permanently installed, appear for a limited time, and move between real and virtual spaces. A multilayered perceptible experience unfolds, appealing to the sense of sight, touch, smell and hearing.

POSSY is an artist collective of young women and non-binary persons and stands primarily for more female, trans* and non-binary presence in Hamburg’s cultural scene. It brings together artists from intermedial fields, facilitates exchange and offers them a stage. Under these aspects, POSSY functions as a platform for artistic development.