Smaller Side Room is an exhibition that brings together 21 queer artists from around the world. The event was organized at Reactor in Cluj-Napoca together with Pride Romania, Wiehie and Gay45.eu.
“In this exhibition, I have selected queer visual artists who have fought censorship over time in one way or another. Each of the chosen works deals with the theme of the human body in all its forms, intimate moments of various characters and their fantasies. The exhibition subjects you to an exercise of imagination, offering clues about the authors’ personal approaches. The universe of each of the selected artists is different and every story comes from different backgrounds but what unites them is the desire for free expression.
Due to the current pandemic context, I decided to use social media for the artwork selection, launching an open call but also sending personal invitations to several artists.”
– Liviu Bulea, curator
The title of the exhibition was inspired by this quote:
“I know my little ‘dirty drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre, but it would be nice if – I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better say ‘if’ – our world learns to accept all the different ways of loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller side rooms.”
– Tom of Finland
Photo by Edicleison Freitas | Brazil
// Dash Fox – Brazil // Laurence Caron – Canada // Vincent Puren – France // VICARIO – France // Meraj – Iran // Bobb Attard – Malta // Laceoni – Romania/Portugal // Edicleison Freitas – Brazil // Gregory Olivenbaum – Russia // Big Butt Geek – UK // Manel Ortega – UK/Spain // NLMKART – UK // George Kanis – Greece // Ric Stott – UK // Mohamad – Syria/Netherlands // Mihai-Vladut Gicoveanu – Romania // Alejandro Monroy Trejo – Mexico // Ignacio Aramburu – Mexico //Paul Mureşan – Romania // Răzvan Ion – Austria // Alan Ciba – USA //
Drawing by Paul Mureșan | Romania
The exhibition can be visited until June 27th 2021