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The Sacred Beings programme by Young Curator Darunee Terdtoontaveedej sets out a new context for contemporary queer culture. How are gender fluidity and spirituality shaped outside of the Western gaze? During this opening event, Mongolian queer activist Anaraa Nyamdorj will talk to artists showing work as part of Sacred Beings. What is their perspective on gender outside the Western context?

Thai director Sarnt Utamachote, members of studio WangShui and Samoan visual artist Tanu Gago will discuss such issues with one another and the audience. Topics will include the shifting historical way gender non-conforming people are seen in Asia, the LGBTQ movements in Asia and the false assumption that LGBTQ consciousness is a Western invention.

The panel discussion will conclude with a transfiguration performance by Raoni Muzho Saleh, whose short film Becoming Another is included in the Sacred Beings programme. There will be drinks afterwards.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


free admittance

G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black Children was made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Het Nieuwe Instituut
The Ummah Chroma
Marina Otero Verzier (Director of Research), Katía Truijen (Senior Researcher)
Lauri Faggioni
Erin WIle
Maud Vervenne
International Film Festival Rotterdam
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