Free event, all welcome. As part of the Southwark LGBT Network monthly events The Flying Dutchman will host a Meeting With The Radical Fairies and an art exhibition "ONE STEP FORWARD TWO STEPS BACK. by Louise Lye, Krishna Istha, Jon Clair and Dani Reiff of the University of the Arts London.
The call for the first ever radical faerie gathering called on gay men to 'invoke a faery circle' in which to explore 'spiritual dimensions of gayness' and 'share gay visions'. it was the late 70s and the rise of commercialism and hedonism in gay life was already felt by some to be missing something crucial. Since then faerie gatherings have happened on four continents and permanent communities have developed. In France a euro-faerie sanctuary has been holding gatherings since 2005 - Folleterre.
Faeries play, sing, dance, dress up, dress down, feast and give each other huge amounts of love. In their gatherings they explore the emotional and spiritual dimensions, They heal and grow through community energy and bring love to the centre of gay life. Much of what they discover in hideaways in wild natural places could also inform queer city existence.
ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEP BACK, Artists Statement
‘Uniting colours of flags as an attempt to explore a visuality of the homophobic and lgbt+ community. Relating to the title, the paintings are an attempt to show the clash of colour and shapes that coincide with opposing Propaganda. This merge of potent symbolism is changeable in meaning, either a fight of the colours or a new cohesive image.’
‘Interactive art piece exploring gender as performance.’
‘Considering the apparent want of the non-heteronormative sexual identity to be absorbed into wider society without special distinction, the work questions what it means to be "proud" within LGBTQ circles. At a time where LGBTQ individuals don't want to be labelled or perceived as any different to their non-LGBTQ counterparts, there exists a risk of fading into the sociopolitical drudgery of contemporary society. By spearheading a fictitious political campaign to "tone down" current concepts of gay pride, the viewer is positioned to consider the value in sexual separatism against a potential loss of identity.’
‘In relation to homophobic slurs in contrast with projections of love. Investigating the power of thought with physical manifestations (microcosmic and macrocosmic), how it will grow in determination with the thought/energy. ’