Irina Dmitrovskaya investigates views on her own sexuality, othered as queer sexuality from the outside. She shows an interplay of closeness and distance, of fragmentation and framing. She questions where heteronormatively regulated differentiations come from, as they don’t match the feeling of love and togetherness from within. The series depicts this very variety of being viewed as something other. Her compositions sharpen heteronormative hyper-fixations, as she for instance makes the preoccupation with female nipples into something literally consumable, a pink nipple muffin or baby blue lametta pubic hair. She shows black and white studio portraits of her in close embrace with a partner – how do the two go together, outer hyperfixation and inner vastness, as they are forced to exist in the same frame of reference?
In a formal act of autonomy, Awuor Onyango, Mal Muga and Namikoye Wanjala decided to defy the regulations of the call for single projects and applied as a group with three aesthetically very different projects addressing questions of visibility and queer solidarity.