The Queer Archive

In one week’s time a brand new night comes to Dalston Superstore: The Queer Archive. Editor and producer of the TQA Konstantinos is hosting the very first party as a fundraiser for Greek trans* artist and activist Paola Revenioti to secure funds to put on an exhibition of her work at the White Cubicle gallery. With a hot line-up featuring the likes of A Man To Pet, The Lovely Jonjo, RUFUS&Bambi and more, it’s set to be a FUN night of fundraising! We caught up with Konstantinos to find out more about his plans for The Queer Archive…

Why does London need The Queer Archive?

The Queer Archive is primarily a blog that showcases queer films and video art found on the internet. It is a selection of the best there is on offer, selected by a great list of contributors. Since it’s on the web, it can viewed by anybody anywhere and not just in London. The other side of The Queer Archive is production and curation of films and art exhibitions. Through our fundraising efforts we will be able to help filmmakers and artists to create and promote their work. There will be a whole series of The Queer Archive fundraising parties to help us fund these projects. At the moment our activities will mainly take place in London, but there are plans to go further afield in the future.  

Who are the key artists that inspire TQA?

There are so many queer artists and filmmakers around the world. There is so much to see but sometimes it’s difficult to remember and find the work online. The Queer Archive will make that easier and more accessible for viewers to watch what is out there.

What queer films- both short and feature length- should we be looking out for this winter?

I’m looking forward to Concussion by Stacie Passon.

Tell us about the first TQA fundraiser planned here at Dalston Superstore?

We are trying to raise money to put together the first UK exhibition of a great artist and activist Paola Revenioti. I know she’s got lots of fans in London so I hope they will all come and support us. The DJ list is very impressive. Holestar, The Lovely Jonjo, A Man To Pet, Hello Mozart, RUFUS&Bambi, Duchess Of Pork. They were all so happy to come and play. I am so very grateful and I’m sure it will be so much fun!

How did you put together the line-up for the party? Did you specificially reach out to queer DJs and performers who you feel align with the TQA ethos?

First of all I wanted both girls and boys to play. All of the DJs in the list play amazing music and people love them for that. And they’re all friends or people I’ve worked with in the past. It wasn’t my intention to only reach out to queer DJs, it just happens that I mostly know queer artists.

What can we expect from the night?

Great music and wild dancing!

Why is Paola Reveniotti an artist we should be supporting?

Paola has been a fighter for queer rights for decades and decades. She has created her work based on her instinct and love for life. And she has been fighting against the establishment through any means available to her. She published her anarchist queer fanzine in the ’80s, she organised the first gay pride in Athens funded by her own prostitution, she currently directs a series of great documentaries.

It is important to know our past and Paola is an important chapter in gay history. More people need to know about her, especially nowadays that history repeats itself and people make the same mistakes.

Where are the best places to find queer art in the capital?

Fringe Film Festival is one of them. We showcase the work of great queer artists, along with our program of films. The exhibition program lasts for approximately the whole month of April. The film program of the Tate Modern is very often queer oriented. Little Joe magazine hosts brilliant screenings of great queer films. In general there is queer art to be found in London in various places. But we need more, don’t we?

What was the last thing you read/saw/heard that moved you?

The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs.

Who else might we hope to see The Queer Archive highlighting in future?

I have some thoughts about the next project we will take on, but it’s very soon to tell.

Join Konstantinos for the very first fundraiser for The Queer Archive next Friday 27th September at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

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