Do, 19.05.2022 – Mi, 15.06.2022
Hosted by Queer Museum Vienna in partnership with Volkskundemuseum Wien, How does the body take shape under pressure? brings together an international group of contemporary artists whose works are coming from the myriad experiences of pressure and questioning the dynamics of unproportional forces.
Working between the lines of passive and defensive, social and intimate, pressure and pleasure; the exhibition presents artists’ allegorical positions to ponder upon political repression against queer&feminist existences. Curated by Alper Turan and Nazım Ünal Yılmaz, the exhibition, with the majority of the artists from Turkey, establishes an imaginary bridge between Vienna and Istanbul. The exhibition will take place between 19.5.2022 and 15.6.2022 at the Queer Museum Vienna in one room of the Volkskundemuseum, which has been made available to the QMV; a nomadic museum creating spaces for queer art, culture, and history as well as a queer future and futurity.
In the exhibition, we witness the bodies that are hanged, knocked down, cornered, pushed, and pressed against; we also see objects: forms of pleasure, and forms of ferocity that are activated on flesh by pushing the corporal limits.  Artists’ works in the exhibition are creating intimate scenes mimicking society’s mechanics, unfolding intertwined narratives, posing primal and peripheral questions: How does political coercion manifest itself on a single body? How parallel run the power dynamics in our sexual practices to the societal ones? How does one transgress the pressure without pushing back? The images of bodies in the grip do not follow gestures of active resistance, assertive defense, or antagonism; instead, the bodies under pressure let themselves be pressed; are they submissively disobeying or practicing and acknowledging helplessness? 

Curated by Nazim Ünal Yilmaz and Alper Turan
Artists: Natalia Gurova, Nihat Karataşlı, Zeynep Kayan, Can Küçük, İz Öztat and Ann Antidote, Dorian Sarı, Toni Schmale, Carlos Vergara, Cansu Yıldıran

Queer Museum Vienna is supported by Josefstadt and WASt - Wiener Antidiskriminierungsstelle. Dorian Sari's participation in the exhibition is supported by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Thanks to: Galery Zilberman, İstanbul, Berlin; Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna; Öktem & Aykut Gallery, İstanbul; Wilde Gallery, Geneva, Zürich, Basel.
For press inquiries:
Alper Turan,
Nazım Ünal Yılmaz,
Florian Aschka,

To the exhibition
Can Küçük, Centuries, sculpture, 2020. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz
Carlos Vergara, Caribbean Dreams, 2019-2021
Dorian Sarı, video still from A&a (If art fails, thought fails, justice fails), 2019, courtesy of the artist; Öktem & Aykut Gallery, İstanbul; Wilde Gallery, Geneva, Zürich, Basel
Nihat Karatalı, A Home to Dream of (2017) videostill. Courtesy of the artist’s family
Toni Schmale, bend over your boyfriend, 2010, Courtesy of the artist and Christine König Galerie, Vienna
Can Küçük, Son, sculpture, 2020. Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz
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