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Greek Queer Cinema

This Friday THE QUEER ARCHIVE presents an after hours screening of the 18-rated and critically acclaimed Greek/U.K film production of HE LOVES ME by Greek director Konstantinos Menelaou.  We caught up with Konstantinos ahead of tomorrow’s function:

Hi Konstantinos! Can you give us a brief overview of what to expect on Friday night?

Friday night we (The Queer Archive) join forces with Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore for the UK premier of my first feature film He loves me a Greek/UK production. Along with my film we present two Greek short films by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. A Man to Pet with be the hostess, I will play some music and have lots of wine at Superstore before the screening and we will join Mints after the screening for a much needed plate-breaking session.

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What prompted you to put on this event?

Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore are two venues very close to my heart and He loves me was conceived and inspired by events, affairs and heartbreaks that happened in and around Dalston. So it makes total sense to show the film here. It’s like the murderer going back to the crime scene.

What are your earliest memories of film?

I remember Hammer Horror and Amicus Horror films. Both British production companies that made amazing horror films in the 70s. I remember finding the VHS of Monster’s Club in my parents drawer and watching it when i was 5 or 6. I remember The Exorcist, Who’s that girl… I remember the smell of plastic at the video store in my neighbourhood.

What was your journey to become a film-maker?

I studied fine arts and not film. I have always been too intimidated by the world of film. I always thought it was such a huge thing and that i could never be good enough to ever make a film. I was making shorts and working on abstract ideas and forms until i finally found the strength to make my first feature. Now i know that there is not one way of making films. It can be a personal and creative process that doesn’t necessarily involve a huge set and crew and a lot of stress. 

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What inspired He Loves Me?

It was a personal need to tell some stories based on my own experiences. It all became too confusing – relationships turned from innocent fun to heartbreaking nightmares, London was getting harder and harder and communication was very problematic. But i still had to share my thoughts and get a response so it was natural to me to put these thoughts into the film. It is an homage to the relationships that shaped me.

Can you tell us a little about the people behind the other two films?

The other two films are directed by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. Both of them are young directors based in Athens. Their films are amazing and their language is universal, thats why i thought it would be great to show them at our screening in London. There is a queer cinema scene in Athens inspired by this whole Greek cinema renaissance thats been happening the last ten years and it actually feels great to be a part of it.

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Given the current political climate in Greece, and across much of Europe, why do you think it’s so important to keep making work about our queer identities?

It’s crucial to keep on having a strong voice and presence because there is still – and probably will always be – a force against the queer community. We need to keep our queer history safe, we need to keep on evolving, creating and celebrating our beautiful existence though making work that reveals the truth behind the lies and shows that love is not something that anyone should be afraid of. 

For more info on the event check here.

For the afterparty check here.

GenderPacific

Down under the sea (or rather, above The Haggerston pub), Tony Hornecker of The Pale Blue Door has teamed up with that irrepresible sea witch A Man To Pet to present a bonkers dining and cabaret experience complete with authentic Greek cuisine cooked by A Man To Pet’s very own mother Mama Pet! Seeing as they’ve extended the run of GenderPacific and opened up more dinner opportunities we caught up with Tony and Pet to find out more…

Where is Gender Pacific and how long will it be running for?

Tony: GenderPacific could be anywhere, any sea from the Red to the North to our dearest Caspian!
Our main port is located above a pub randomly, The Haggerston, once all are onboard we head off to the depths in our wonderful traveling machine!

A Man To Pet: Is start the trip from Kingsland road above Hagerstown pub!!! Weird ha but yes is happenning you can experience under water life in the heart of Dalston!!! Trips will go on till 12 of July. You better get your tickets now, limited seats left.

What’s the signature dish?

Tyrosalata… spicy creamy feta cheese melt with herbs.

Is it true that A Man To Pet’s mum is doing all the cooking?

AMTP: Oh yes is Very True we wanted to have a real home made Greek food and put all the family in business. Also mama Hornecker she made hats for the gender pacific that everyone can wear!!!       

What other dishes does Mama Pet have up her sleeve for us to try?

AMTP: Mama Pet’s dishes change daily and gaily, with Maria her right hand and Tony her left, she deftly conjures her kleftiko. Lachanodolmades, soutsoukakia, moussaka, keftedakia, and more… yum yum with genderless, slenderless decadence galore! Her dessert galaktoboureko is the best!!!

How does one get a seat at the Captain’s Table?

Tony: We have email address thepalebluedoor@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and msg us there!

What are you getting us drunk on? We heard talk of champagne cocktails…?

AMTP: With the arrival Straight after our magic cocktail  base with champagne of course we take you to a different dimension you have to come and experience to understand what I mean.

If you were a deep sea creature, which would you be and why?

AMTP: I would be Miss Jelly fish Octopussy or Mr Crab actual creatures that you can see at Gender Pacific sub marine.

What can we expect from a night out at Gender Pacific?

Bored by sitting watching our country, our world, our beloved Dalston overtaken by bankers and wankers from far and wide, saddened by constant newspaper headlines dripping the same fear mongering words to our sweet open ears, Ms Pet and Tony decided to take things into their own hands, developing an oasis deep beneath the seas, where sexuality is irrelevant, immigrants are people not numbers and politicians great blunders. The journey to this land is a chance to collectively reflect, to be dazzled by simple pleasures of bygone eras, where theatre is god and friends are our air. Tony’s ship is hand built but sturdy and A Man To Pet’s show, handmade but blurry, Mama Pet flown in, sturdy and blurry, with teary eyes of joy has she watches her son, gender specific as male transform into a sea creature, not gay for sure but to her eyes as beautiful as any lady, so pure…

Happy faces dive each Thursday To Sunday, the subterranean SubMarine delights with under sea sights, imagine the Titanic’s delectable dining room, in a pocket of air still singing, still dancing as she sank to her doom..

Visit GenderPacific above The Haggerston Pub in Dalston before July 12th.

Find Tony Hornecker’s website here >> tonyhornecker.com

Bad Spencer

Next weekend sees special guest DJ Bad Spencer join us for bi-monthly queer party Les Poppeurs to play his signature eclectic party sound in the laser pit alongside Tel Aviv’s Partok and Poppeurs resident Whitney Weiss. He’ll be jetting over all the way from Athens, where he throws the spectacular Yes It Does! Sure It Does party that has hosted everyone from Dan Avery to Trevor Jackson to The Magician. Ahead of the party next Friday we caught up with him to find out more about the Greek party scene and more…

Yes It Does! Sure It Does is an Athens institution, congrats on your seven year anniversary; what’s been some of the highlights?

For the past seven years we have been throwing parties in many different venues in downtown Athens, trying to represent a part of its culture. Throughout the years we have been lucky to host parties in former jazz bars, metal clubs, summer cinemas, terraces and other interesting venues, and to invite many great DJs mainly from London. Some of them are Superstore regulars, like its governor Dan Beaumont, also Jonjo Jury, Severino etc.

What makes Athens a great city to throw parties in?

It seems that the financial crisis has changed Athens dramatically. Athenians are still trying to deal with hardships. However, amidst the ruins, it seems that Athens is becoming interesting to live in and visit. There seems to be no clear idea where the trend is going, but this is part of the excitement, I guess.

What’s the story behind your DJ name?

Well it kind of suits my body structure and my, ahem, dynamic DJ style. Also, when me and my brother where kids, my father would rent Bud Spencer & Terence Hill movies all the time. This was one of our favorite things to do together.So I guess my DJ name is also a tribute to my childhood and my father.

If you had access to a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would want to go dancing?

I dunno, actually. That is a tough one. I would have a tough time choosing between UK in the (very) late eighties or New York during the Paradise Garage era. Maybe I would opt for the former, because the idea of listening to new music which resembles nothing you had heard until then is one of my favourite feelings as it seldom happens to me nowadays.

You’re known as an eclectic DJ- but what’s a record people would be taken aback to discover you secretly love?

I am such a sucker for almost all smooth yacht/smooth rock records. Put some Kenny Loggins or Michael MacDonald in the mix, and I will probably love it.

Why does Greece need marriage equality?

I don’t think there are reasons why Greece is special in this matter. So my answer would be: for the same reasons every place needs marriage equality: because it’s fair and right.

You just played at Athens Pride – what’s a track you played/would play to make the boys get their tops off?

It was more of a Pre-Pride fundraiser and I was happy to have been invited by the organizer Stathis to play amongst very good DJs to contribute a small DJ set to a good cause. I remember this working nicely…

Who out of all your superlative Yes It Does! Sure It Does guests really and unexpectedly blew you away?

We have been blessed with so many amazing DJ sets by our guests over the years so it is hard to choose. If I really had to narrow it down to one, it would be Krikor from Paris, a few years back. We invited him for a two hour DJ set. He ended up playing more than three and then ended up doing another two hours, so five hours back2back with me. He played everything from Suicide to techno. They had to drag us out of the DJ booth at 7AM.

If you could change one think about Greek politics what would it be?

Out of so many things that need to change I think that the most important would be for people to start choosing their representatives more based on actual capabilities and track record rather than choosing the ones that are good at addressing crowds or talking to the TV cameras.

Join Bad Spencer on Friday 19th June for Les Poppeurs at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Elektra Complex

This Saturday, we welcome the wonderful Discosodoma party back to Dalston Superstore. As it’s their first birthday they’ve invited their very first guests Amateurboyz back from Athens, and they’ve invited NYC based DJ and producer Justin Van Der Volgen to play… AND they’ve invited one half of Chateau Flight, Gilb’R to also play! Plus a whole hosts of regular guests including Sanjay Sur, Diet Clinic and Terry Childs. Ahead of the party we caught up with two members of the Elektra Complex collective, Stathis (aka Sex Video Tapes) and Ilias to find out more about what has made Discosodoma such a special party…

Tell us how the idea for the night came about. What’s Discosodoma’s origin story?

Ilias: It all started over nibbles of Greek spinach pie in Stathis’ kitchen talking about how the music we enjoy was misrepresented in London’s queer nightlife. I think I lost a small part of my receding hairline when he dropped the name on the table. I still remember our first meeting with Dan Beaumont, who told us straight away that he loved the name and the concept. 

What influence do your Greek roots have on the way you approach throwing parties?

Elektra Complex: Ha! Our last minute approach most probably!

Which guest out of all of your amazing previous guests was the biggest surprise for whatever reason?

Ilias: That’s a tricky one! I would say Timothy J Fairplay. I left the Superstore that night reeling from the experience.

Stathis: I’m gonna say Reza Athar. He played the most ‘DISCOSODOMA’ set.

You guys are crazy ambitious and the parties are getting wilder! What does Year Two have in store?

Elektra Complex: Bigger, better, bolder! Just kidding. Well, we now have a new member in our team, DJ and radio producer, Maria Politi, who will be helping us to grow not only DISCOSODOMA but also launch our new night at Dance Tunnel in August. Stay tuned for more!  

What’s one thing you love about queer nightlife in London and one thing you think we could all work on?

Ilias: You can’t beat the diversity and vibrancy of London’s queer nightlife, despite the recent developments of many venues closing down. We will always find ways to persevere, and that’s also a more general comment to the treatment of nightlife economy by the authorities. On the other hand, I would like to see more alternative nights that deviate from the pop, disco, house narrative. 

What’s one song that exemplifies the Discosodoma dance floor?

Elektra Complex: That record would be a long edit of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love.  A timeless track that unites all dancers.

You always book dreamboat DJs… who else is on the wishlist?

Stathis: Hashtag DreamWishList: DJ Harvey and Daniele Baldelli.

Ilias: Keep dreaming Stathis! But I will have to agree.

What dance floors of the past inspire what you’re trying to achieve with Discosodoma?

Ilias: Not a dance floor per se, but a dance floor moment I like to keep as inspiration is Larry Levan dropping Sylvester’s iconic Over & Over at Paradise Garage.

Stathis: As I have the memory of a goldfish, my inspiration lies in imagining the dance floors of the future.  

You have loads of superlative DJs playing at your birthday party. Can you talk us through the programming and why you decided to have three headline worthy Djs on the same bill?

Stathis: As a Gemini, I couldn’t really make up my mind and to save Ilias from a stroke, we decided to book them all. Besides, these guests represent exactly the sound that we wanted to offer for our first birthday.

What’s been your own personal best moment of dance floor ecstasy?

Ilias: Actually a relatively recent one, when nd_baumecker played Sandra’s In The Heat Of The Night at Panorama Bar on a Monday morning. I genuinely lost the plot with that one.

Stathis: Dancing to Talking Heads – Psycho Killer at the last ALFOS party at Corsica Studios. It was such a pleasant WTF moment! 

The new artwork is a slight departure from previous posters- who designed it and what was the thinking behind it?

Elektra Complex: The idea came to us one night during a dinner when a friend of ours read the tarot cards for fun on the table. The judgment card stood out and we took its design and gave it a DISCOSODOMA approach with some Greek mythologies references, from the Minotaur to the ecstatic crowd dancing on the top of the column. We are very lucky to have John Philip Sage as a good friend who understood straight away what we wanted to do and designed this amazing artwork for us.

You’ve also had some spectacularly sexy promo videos- which is your favourite each and why?

Ilias: That would be the last one for me. We asked our friend, Munir Malik, to direct it and he did a great job despite using an iPhone to shoot it in the end.

Stathis: Same for me, even though I had to replace the model that was supposed to be in the video, and ended up being covered in chalk powder for more than three hours. I’m still vacuuming my room!

The resident DJs and regular guests are a big part of what makes the party so special. The individual parts are all amazing DJs but together the family is really something a bit unique- why do you think this is?

Elektra Complex: As true Greeks, family is important as it allows within its ranks to nurture not only our individual aspirations but also to grow and present a common idea. In our family, we all share a similar aesthetic towards the arts and more specifically dance music. We wouldn’t have been able to be here without them. 

And HOT GUYS are also a big part of the party’s success! Describe the ideal crowd…

Ilias: The crowd that checks its preconceptions about what makes a good party at the door and embraces the sound we offer every time. Bonus points are given to those losing their shirts in the folly of the dance floor.

Stathis: Come on, Ilias! It’s always a sea of leather daddies dancing to acid disco! 

Sum up the ethos of Discosodoma in one sentence…

Elektra Complex: There is no ethos in sodomy. Hahahaha!

Join Ilias and Stathis of Elektra Complex for the Discosodoma One party this Saturday 9th May from 9pm – 5am.

Othon

This Friday we welcome Kaos mainstay and the man behind Pan Muzik… Othon! He brings his brand new party Papa Loko to the Superstore basement for a night of “high-frequency techno, transcendental deep house and emotionally explosive electronica”. Ahead of the party we caught up with him to find out just what we can expect on the night…

Describe Pan Muzik in one sentence?

Music that does not fit in a box and defies the limitations of genre.

Who or what is Papa Loko?

Papa Loko was the first Houngan or priest in the Vodoun (known here as Voodoo) tradition. He is the Loa or spirit of plants and trees and he is a powerful healer. Though most people will think of Papa Loko as “Crazy Daddy”, it is actually a bit more subversive and esoteric than that! But I also like the fact that there is a sense of humor attached to it. I want the party to be fun and not take itself too seriously, even though the music will be stellar and the crowd hot!

What do you want people to experience and take away from your night?

I want people to dance their guts out and let their consciousness transcend much beyond our confined everyday reality. I would like people to have serious fun and get healed at the same time; to induce hormonal delirium and hyperspatial Oneness!

Marc Almond regularly features on your albums- how did you come to work with him?

It is thanks to Myspace, believe it or not. It was the period after he had his terrible accident where he almost lost his life, and he had more free time than usual. As I was a huge fan, I decided to write to him and he actually read my message and listened to my music. Great timing I guess! He commented back saying that he loved what he heard and that he wanted to hear more… and then I took a deep breath and asked him if he would sing a few tracks for my first album. To my surprise he said that he would love to. Since then we stayed connected and I will be soon releasing Cobra Coral EP which will be featuring him together with Boss Axis and other great artists.

What influence does your Greek roots have on the music you make?

I love the moodiness and melancholy of some older Greek songs and some of it is present in my tracks though it is so twisted and personalised that is almost hard to tell where it comes from!

What does Kaos mean to you?

A lot! Kaos is part of my big London family. I have been there since Day One and I hope I will be there, whenever I can, for years to come. Kaos has been a great source of joy and inspiration to my life and the life of others and Lee Adams, who runs it, is like my brother. The cool thing is that though Papa Loko will share some similarities with Kaos, its identity will be very distinct and musically will have a slightly different focus.

If you had a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere where would you want to go dancing?

I miss the old Trade at Turnmills and Fist at Imperial Gardens! Though this is not the kind of music I would play nowadays, it was amazing for the time and the horniness in both parties was beyond!! I find big London gay clubs at the moment a bit pointless or even worst, a bit sad… I am happy to stay East for sure!

Who is joining you in the Superstore basement and why are they amazing?

I have two DJs with me at the Superstore; Dahc Dermur VIII is a bold and highly imaginative DJ who has been playing at the coolest parties in the UK and major fashion events, like Rick Owens’ famous packed party at Selfridges last summer. He is also a walking work of art – he just looks stunning! – and a New York fashion icon too. Dahc is very dear to me and has been involved with Papa Loko from a very early stage, so his vibrations are totally in-tune with the concept of the party.

Damin Hansford is a South African DJ who has played at Boiler Room as well as other great parties and who has relocated to London recently. When I heard his slightly softer but emotionally dense seamless sets, I knew immediately that he would be the perfect DJ to set the mood of the party right and create the perfect space for magic to happen.

Tell us about the artist who designed your poster…

The Papa Loko drawing is actually taken from a painting by the American artist Matt Sesow whose quite obsessive work I deeply admire. The actual design in the poster is by Domingo Rosas Aguilar who resides in Mexico and has designed my website and my latest album Pineal.

What ethos do you make your music to?

If I can make people feel more, think more, do more and create more I am happy!

Join Othon for Papa Loko this Friday 10th April at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Photo credit: Darren Black

Kostis Fokas

Tonight sees The Queer Archive present the first UK solo exhibition from Greek photographer Kostis Fokas. I Am Not Malfunctioning, You Are, explores the human body in a provocative manner, using faux-eroticism as a window to the artist’s surreal alternate universe. Ahead of tonight’s private view party with DJs A Man To Pet, 2Dads’Boy, Nic Fisher, Jacqui Potato and Miss Lexi Shu, we caught up with photographer Kostis to find out more behind the images themselves… 

What is your favourite body part to photograph and why?

What made the creation of this project so enjoyable was the intimate look of the human body through my lens – either mine or other models’ bodies (basically those of my friends). I became familiar with it and loved it even more! In this particular project I worked with human genitalia and came very close to it. I had so much fun, eventhough I sometimes felt quite awkward. I would definitely do it again!

Do you carefully plan out your composition in advance or do you work more spontaneously? 

Despite the spontaneity that seems to exist behind those images, many of them were already captured inside my mind for quite a longtime even before embarking upon the actual shoot.

By Kostis Fokas

Do you find your own images erotic- as opposed to finding eroticism within the images?

The images of the I’m Not Malfunctioning, You Are, are not meant to be erotic photographs. Although I must admit that there are sexual messages which I want to pass through this series of images. The naked bodies serve as a metaphor for how we feel when we get undressed, the uncomfortable feeling of exposing ourselves. So with these I felt myself to be exposed.

What influence does your upbringing in Crete have on your work? 

Crete for me works as my refuge. It was the place where I found myself and the place where I am able concentrate on the things that are important to me. A place away from cities which distracted from the things that I want to do. What I managed was to find myself again and discover the true goals I want to achieve.

It was like the right place at the right time.

What’s the meaning behind the name, I Am Not Malfunctioning, You Are? 

I created the title of the project when I came across ‘glitch art”, and I was trying to find its deeper meaning. When something doesn’t work properly, then the malfunction gives meaning to the artwork. That’s my inspiration and that’s how I developed the whole project. It is something very personal – how it feels to be the malfunctioning one, when society wants you to be absolutely perfect. How it feels to push to be someone else, someone completely different from who you are. Through my work I try to accept myself… and to be real!

Who are your art heroes (of any medium)? 

I’m more into great pictures than great photographers or artists.

Anonymity is recurrent in your photos- can you explain why your subjects are always faceless and concealed and yet naked? 

The main idea behind this project is to give to those bodies the opportunity to talk about my story. It is almost as if you let the body explore itself, speak for itself on what is carrying in it.

For me these bodies are not faceless. They are perfect, and no facial expression would make them more complete.

What’s your personal favourite image from the full series, and how did it come into being? 

That’s a good question… I think that the picture where I’m in my boyfriend’s shorts is my favourite. That’s the reason why I used this image for the exhibition poster, as well as why it is the most representative of the project. It is the most personal photograph, with the most personal message for me. I am looking straight into the camera but you can’t see my eyes – I am hiding, but at the same time I am so exposed to peoples eyes.

 By Kostis Fokas

Describe the alternate universe we can see through the frame of your photos… 

For me it is not easy to live and concentrate in this world. There are so many things that I can’t accept, so I always try to find ways to escape. Even being a normal guy is sometimes difficult for me. This is exactly how I felt at the time I created these images. The alternate universe is my surreal world, where everything is under my conditions and my own rules. My work is the place where I feel totally safe.

Join Kostis tonight for the private view of I’m Not Malfunctioning, You Are at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

I AM NOT MALFUNCTIONING, YOU ARE

I AM NOT MALFUNCTIONING, YOU ARE

A photography exhibition by KOSTIS FOKAS

Presented by THE QUEER ARCHIVE and DALSTON SUPERSTORE

PRIVATE VIEW – Friday 14th November 2014

EXHIBITION RUNS – 15.11.14 – 08.02.15

CURATORS – Saskia Wickins & Konstantinos Menelaou

ASSISTANT CURATOR – Emily Bryson

DALSTON SUPERSTORE 117 KINGSLAND HIGH STREET, LONDON, E8 2PB  

In his first solo exhibition in the UK, Greek photographer Kostis Fokas presents a selection of photographs from his series “I Am Not Malfunctioning, You Are”.

The exhibition provides an unparalleled insight into Fokas’ evocative work and shines a light on his world of erotic surreality.

In this body of work Kostis Fokas searches for a new take on the human body and seeks to explore its infinite capabilities. 

His photographs are a testimony of human sculpture; a landscape where the bizarre meets the ordinary.

In this alternate universe, everyday objects and props are contrasted with partial nudes and covered faces, suspended somewhere between reality and fantasy.

As the title suggests, the artist allows his models to interact freely, most of the times in uncanny and unpredictable ways, often conveying a sense of surrender and submissiveness.

Instead of capitalising on the feelings of the objects portrayed through the use of faces and expressions, Fokas shifts his focus on the complete freedom pertained to the image of a human body. “Stripped from its clothes, I leave it fully exposed and completely surrendered”.

Fokas views the exhibition as the conclusion and completion of the creative process surrounding this series of work and as an intermediary step for new projects to follow.

For this next exhibition Dalston Superstore is proud to welcome a very long awaited collaboration, colliding two elements that have ran perfectly in unison for some time, The Queer Archive.

The Queer Archive is a platform for visual content and communication. Through a series of parties and events the Queer Archive brings together established as well as new artists and assists them for the production and exhibition of their practice in their chosen art form.

The Queer Archive is also an online library of film and video work, a point of reference beyond contemporary trends and persuasions. Its content covers current as well as older issues and our contributors span from a wide range of backgrounds and agendas.

For sale and press

art@dalstonsuperstore.com

konstantinos@thequeerarchive.com

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***This is Saskia Wickin’s final curtain call curating at Dalston Superstore. After nearly three years she has exhibited over 20 shows working with a variety of mediums with a huge range of people and specialists and been an integral part of the Dalston Supestore team***

Paola Revenioti

Tomorrow night sees a special fundraiser from online LGBT art repository The Queer Archive who aim to bring a brand new solo exhibition of Paola Revenioti’s work to the White Cubicle gallery in East London. Paola, a Greek and trans* activist and artist produces dreamy and erotic photography and has been instrumental in Greece’s gay scene for decades. Ahead of tomorrow’s party with Holestar, Terry Vietheer, A Man To Pet, Hello Mozart, Duchess Of Pork and RUFUS&Bambi all taking to the decks, we caught up with Paola to ask more about her work…

What will your exhibition at the White Cubicle gallery consist of?

The exhibition will consist of portraits of my lovers from 1986 until the beginning of the ’90s. Some of them were published at Kraximo, a fanzine which I was publishing at the time, as well as material from the fanzine itself.

Photography courtesy of Paola Revenioti

What is the situation for trans* people in Greece really like right now?

The main problem is survival. The government does not care about them at all, and as it’s difficult for trans people to get work anyway, they have to turn to prostitution, which nowadays is far from providing a living. It is a very tough time for many trans people I know, including myself.

What are you most proud of having published in your fanzine Kraximo?

The fact that even though I was a transvestite in a very conservative period, as was the ’80s, I managed to interview some important people who opened up to me without reservations. Some of the articles in the fanzine, which were written by myself and other exceptional and very talented writers were quite ahead of their time.

Photography courtesy of Paola Revenioti

How difficult was it organising Athens first ever Gay Pride back in 1992?

It was extremely difficult because there was no gay organisation of any sort at the time in Greece to support us, and we decided to take the risk and organise an open party on a hill in central Athens and later on a big square in the centre of the city. It was the first time that Gay Pride posters were everywhere in the city for the for everyone to see. This gave comfort to the gay community and paved the way for the rest of the Gay Prides in Greece to evolve.

Tell us about your ongoing Paola Project…

The Paola Project is a collective effort and a personal need for artistic expression, but also a way to present a series of taboo issues that the media wouldn’t dare to show. All the projects are being produced based on my own personal aesthetic. I get no profit out of them, they are funded by myself and they are made of love.

Join us for The Queer Archive tomorrow (Friday 27th September) at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am to help raise funds for Paolo’s latest exhibition.

Image Credit: Paola Revenioti

Translation: Konstantinos of The Queer Archive