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From Lady Gaga’s lover to a gay Iraqi artist: The best from Holland’s ‘queer’ art show GenderBlender

From Lady Gaga’s lover to a gay Iraqi artist: The best from Holland’s ‘queer’ art show GenderBlender

Do you remember the person who made out with Lady Gaga in the prison yard scene of her Telephone music video?

Was he a man? Was she a woman? Does it matter?

The sexual tension was palpable, the scene was an in-your-face reminder that the world doesn’t fit into typical gender binaries, and the world is more colorful for it.

Often times transgender and intersex get looped into the ‘gay and lesbian’ moniker, pushing some misunderstood gender minorities further into a world of obscurity.

The GenderBlender project in Eindhoven aims to take taboos about sexuality and gender, and turns them on their head through beautiful and sometimes shocking works of art.

Hosted at MU in Eindhoven by guest curators/artists Hanneke Wetzer and Leonie Baauw, GenderBlender ‘will be focusing on the sliding scale between 100% XX and 100 % XY chromosomes, between male and female.’

Open to the public until 17 August, the works of art focusing on gender diversity include ‘films, photographs, installations, sculptures, drawings and performances that offer a challenge and raise questions, but that will also trigger reflection.’

4 to 6 July will also see a special GenderBlender weekend featuring lectures, presentations and a special event where guests are encouraged to dress up as the opposite sex.

Artists whose work is presented as part of GenderBlender include :

Japanese visual artist Pyuupiru

Visual artist Matthijs Holland

Photographic visual artist Willem Popelier

Artist and sculptor Silvia B