In the Western view of nature, the mineral kingdom is seen as the lowest: Stones neither bloom nor birth, and are thought to be the thing most alien to us. But as queer individuals, they have traveled far to become who they are today: They go from molten to solid, crystallizing and transforming through time, pressure & erosion. These developments resonate with the nonlinear transitions that trans people go through—which sometimes unfold with tectonic slowness, sometimes with volcanic force. Using stone as both material, metaphor & motif in photographic collages, a sculptural installation and a hand-stitched book Jørgensen’s exhibition looks at queer belonging and loss.
Across Denmark many giant stones are surrounded by folklore from pre-Christian times. It was said that they gave good luck and protected against misfortune if you respected their peace or sacrificed to them. Theologian Mads Lidegaard writes: “In my childhood the elders taught us that the stones were alive like everything else, that they grew in the ground. Many also believed that they had offspring: All the small stones that lay around the big ones.”
In the Stone Age, stones were sacred, but today they are considered dead material that we can freely manipulate. Similarly, the norms for gender have shifted, and queer people, who used to have central roles in society, are written out of history. Could we learn something new about gender and belonging if we think of the Earth’s geological cycles as inherently queer?
1 June – 17 June 2023
2200 København N
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