Program of the DOTYK-2016
19 of February at 19.00
#KORPUS8 (Masherova av.,9)- Horizont factory
20.00 Screening ‘Pride’, dir. by Matthew Warchus, UK, 2014 (120 min., ENG, with RUS subs)
The plot of the movie takes place in 1984 with Margaret Thatcher in office and break out of miners’ strikes. The movie narrates about a gay and lesbian activist group, that took part in London pride and decided to raise money to support miner protesters. Miners trade union refused to take the raised money from LGBT unions, but the latter don’t give up and head for a miners village in wales by bus, to perform this altruistic act personally.
20 of February
12-14.00 Workshop “Lonely Body – Honest Body”
Misha Badasyan’s master-class is based upon his latest SAVE THE DATE art-project – every day throughout the year he went on a sex-date with a new partner. In order to carry out his plan he had to assimilate with other bodies. As a result NON BODY emerged as a form of installation, where you transform into something new and where you are created by others. Within the framework of master-class participants will get to know Brad Blanton’s radical honesty concept and undergo a series of physical excercises. Participants requirements: a group of no more than 30 people, light and comfortable clothing is recomended.
Entrance fee is equal to the number of sexual partners one had in 2015.
Workshop “Your World. Female camps”
Participants: Lusine Talalyan (Queering Yerevan, Аrmenia), Elena Anosova (photographer, Russia- www.anosova.com ), Elena Grigoryeva (female YCG “HER” chief member , Belarus).
Lusine Talalyan, artist, has been working as an art-therapist for a year in a female prison camp in Yerevan. She is going to share her research.
Elena Anosova is a photographer, she is to talk about her “Section” photo project. This research is devoted to household and communication in female prison camps in Irkutsk.
Elena Grigoryeva is a chief member of youth female civil group “HER”, YCO “Satsiyalnaya dapamoga” CEO, “Centre of personal development “L-club”, coordinator of more than 10 social projects (finished) in male and female prison camps in Belarus.She is to talk about the results of her social projects.
Interactive lecture “When women started creating the history of art. The feministic approach to art practices” with Mika Ela
The social movements of the 1970s have transformed the understanding of art in USA and Western Europe. The lecture deals with the influence that the feministic theory has had on our opinion and perception of art and on the way we create art. It focuses on various different aspects of art and research practices – from creation of new means of expression to tutor strategies and review of the Great Artist myth.
Mika Ela, artist, feminist, art-feminist projects producer, “Garage” feminist art reading-group moderator.
Screenings: S&M Sally, dir. by Michelle Ehlen, USA, 2015 (90 min., ENG, with RUS subs)
S&М Sally is a lesbian sketch comedy about sex, love and the most important question which is “Who is going to be on top?”
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, dir. by Matthew Mishory, USA, 2012 (90 min., ENG, with BEL subs)
This film is an intimate portrait of James Dean that follows him from the beginning of his career till the days of his fame as an actor and American idol. The film focuses on the adventures of the young promising actor in Los-Angeles and is a series of real and sometimes imaginary sketches, a blend of biography and fantasy that depicts the turning point of his life.
21 of February
“more than SHE” tour conducted by the author
Sexual Life of Savages
Ann Antidote, famous in Europe and the USA for her films, bandage-workshops and installations, will make an interactive audio-installation on the topic of corporeality and queer, present her films and answer the questions from the audience. Besides, Ann will give a guest bandage-workshop on February 20th. Book in advance in order to participate.
Vox Studio: lecture, workship, queer-performance
The lecture is based on the 3-year-long study, the results of which were submitted as a Master’s thesis at the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany. The study uses the latest publications as its base and deals with the topical tendencies of cultural and social analysis such as queer and latinidad. The performance focuses on collective memory and identity policy. The author is going to speak about the role that performance has in the formation of queer- and LGBT-identity as well as about the strategies of overcoming marginalization. The lecture is accompanied by slide-show and photo series.
Volu dla Vox Studio: Volha Martynenko, MA, graduated from the Bauhaus University. Volha spent 3 years in Berlin while documenting queer-performance. I presented this study at ECLAB in Minsk as well as during the Equality Fest in Kiev.
Panel discussion “The history of queer, LGBT or non-heteronormativity: what do we research and what should we name it?”
In the country that has no history of sexuality (apart from the works of Nataliya Slizh) it is difficult to start the discussion on the history of homosexuality and other sexualities. Nevertheless, this needs to be done. But from the very beginning we face a number of questions. How should we write such a history in Belarus? Where should we look for sources? How should we preserve the archives? The historians Irina Raldugina and Uladzimir Valodzin as well as Nasta Mantsevitch, collector of queer-history materials, will try to answer these questions. The moderator is Tanya Syatsko, gender and visual culture researcher.
Irina Raldugina, historian, feminist (Moscow Feminist Group), specialist in the sphere of the history of sexuality. She is currently working on the monograph on homosexual identity from XVIII to XX based on Russian sources.
Uladzimir Valodzin, historian, museum attendant. His main interest sphere is the non-conformism in BSSR in its political, cultural and other forms.
Nasta Mantsevitch, co-founder of the MAKEOUT – the project dedicated to gender and sexuality, queer-history materials collector, “Retro”-section columnist.
Sounds From The Fog, dir. by Klaus Stanjek, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, 2013 (90 min., DE with RUS subs)
“There are things that are not spoken about”.
The main hero of “Sounds From the Fog” is a prisoner at a Nazi concentration camp who doesn’t want to remember his own past.
Sappho literary evening
A literary evening with young Belarusian poets and poetesses.
25 of February
Film show and discussion with the Сinema Рerpetuum Мobile
The gender programme, which was designed specially for Dotyk by the Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Festival, is an attempt to give more space to those people who are often overlooked by the society. You will see live-action films and documentaries as well as experimental works from India, Russia, Sweden and Belarus. The films deal with gender problems, such as violation of women rights, consequences of inequality and gender stereotypes and the existing strategies of personal fulfillment and self-expression for women, in each of these so very different countries.
26 of February
Panel discussion «A short review of the LGBT position in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine. 2015»
Natalya Mankouskaya (Human Rights Centre “Identity”, Belarus, Lithuania), Gulnara Mehdzieva (‘Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance’, Azerbaijan), Bogdan Zhuk (“Sunny Bunny” LGBT project, MOLODIST Festival, Ukraine). Moderator: Anastasia Zhauryd, human rights advocate, Youth Human Rights Group, Belarus.
Tom à la ferme, dir. by Xavier Dolan, Canada, France, 2013 (103 min, FR with RUS subs)
Tom pays a visit to the countryside to say goodbye to his friend and make a speech at his funeral. Having parked his car near the cowshed, he knocks on the door of the house where the late man lived. But Tom doesn’t know what peril waits for him inside.
Mommy, dir. by Xavier Dolan, Canada, 2014 (138 min., FR, with RUS subs)
The bright and a bit weird widow Diane takes her teenage son home from a juvenile detention centre. She is firmly resolved to turn over a new leaf. Diane and Steve could have lived in perfect concord, but for Steve’s fits of anger that undermine the feeble balance in the family. Kyla, a humble stutterer who lives next door, comes to their rescue, and peace is installed for a time. But how long will it last?
28 of February
“more than SHE” tour conducted by the author
The Human Library is not a usual library. There are no ordinary books, only real people who have their stories and are ready to answer any questions. A “book” is a real person who has their own identity, a rare profession and unique experience, a lifestyle or opinion which other people may find strange.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, dir. By Kristy Flanagan, USA, 79 min., ENG, 2013 with RUS subs (discussion)
“Wonder Women!” tells about the extraordinary birth, evolution and legacy of the popular comics heroine. It also introduces other heroines, both imaginary and real, who have created positive role models for girls on both sides of the screen.
Comics workshop with Helena Janecic
Helena Janecic, born 1979, is a contemporary Croatian artist who lives and works in Осіек, Croatia.
She believes that woman is the ideal of creation and admires woman’s beauty in each of her paintings.
Superheroine party (LQQKs, Kreives)
Register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org (with the note LQQKs). Please, mention your name and contact address. Volunteers will get in touch with you to provide an entrance ticket.
Johan David & Masha Taavoniku from Queer LQQKs, Sweden.
Edvinas Grin from Kreives, Lithuania. Alyaksei Barysenak, Volha Sasnouskaya, Belarus.
28 of February
Gender-based game “Believe or Not Believe”
You may hear quite often that there is no gender inequality in Belarus. “We have nothing to fight for because everybody is equal. And if not, then provide the facts”.
This is the principle that the the game is based on. We have collected real facts about Belarusian men and women, about their homes, work, schools and universities, the age they get married and the salary they get, etc. These data are taken from the legislation, statistics manuals, admission and graduates numbers of educational institutions and mass media. Only at first sight may statistics seem to be identical columns of figures. But when you look closer, everywhere you may see the differences between the lives that a man and a woman lead.
Besides being informational, the game is educational as well, for “Why?” is the main question that arises among the male and female participants, the cards having been read.
Do you believe that there are universities in Belarus that don’t admit girls? That women are prohibited to paint a tank or harvest fruit from trees that are higher than 1,3 m? That both men and women can drive a bus on an international route, providing they have the necessary qualifications? Who suffers the most from on-the-job injuries? Can women be sentenced to death penalty? You’ll get to know about all this and much more during the game “Believe or Not Believe”.
Regarding Susan Sontag, dir. by Nancy D. Kates, USA, 2014 (100 min., ENG, with RUS subs + discussion)
Regarding Susan Sontag is a large-scale investigation into the life of the cultural critic, one of the most sharp and paradoxical thinkers of the second half of the 20th c. You will see everything – archival materials, interviews with her relatives and friends, colleagues and lovers, as well as her own words, which are in part recited by the heroine in the archival interviews, in part read by the actress Patricia Clarkson specially for the film.
Sunny Bunny: from fire to the red carpet
The meeting with the progrmamming director of the LGBT film project “Sunny Bunny”, MOLODIST Festival, Kiev, Ukraine.
Bohdan Zhuk – programme coordinator at the Kyiv International Film Festival ‘Molodist’ – Ukraine’s largest film event and a major film festival in Eastern Europe, taking place since 1970. Coordinator of ‘Sunny Bunny’ – the LGBT-themed parallel competition at Molodist, introduced at the festival in 2001. Works for Molodist since January 2014. Journalist and host at the English Section of Radio Ukraine International since December 2009. In 2015, worked on the installation ‘Patriots, Citizens, Lovers’ by US-Colombian artist Carlos Motta, focusing on life of LGBTI Ukrainians during war, exhibited in PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv in October 2015-January 2016.
Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, dir. by Catherine Gund, USA, UK, 2014 (82 min., ENG, with RUS subs + discussion)
Elizabeth Streb is an American choreographer who challenges the boundaries of human abilities. The members of The Streb Extreme Action Company, which was established by Elizabeth, walk along walls, pass through glass and even fly. Not concentrating on the visual form of Streb’s performances, the film “Born to Fly” follows the evolution of the philosophy of motion that has emerged during the 30-year practice of the choreographer.
The bands “Višniovy tort” and “Rozavaе Ghetta”