Queerness by Shreya de Souza (Photography)


Queerness shows us parallel worlds. 


It is a tool for multifaceted and deeper understanding of societies and communities. When the ‘normal’ is confronted with the ‘queer’, it can be used to confront oneself with the narratives that have space and those that are conveniently kept out of view. To use Queerness, is to carve space for representation of those that are objectified, exoticized, othered, silenced, used, and abused. Here in this space provides a means to comment on how the systems of abuse and the systems that contain our lives intertwine and feed into each other. Otherness is not negative, or black and white, or that which is rejected, but forming a part of the norm and existing in the same high, loud, visibility as the dominant. Its existence defined not by what is dominant, but in spite of it.


This video is part of: Rietveld Uncut 2020

For the fourth consecutive time, the Rietveld Uncut team has worked towards an exhibition of these projects in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, this year under the title Relating (to) Colour. Students investigate "colour" from different perspectives and meanings.

Due to government measures to control the coronavirus, the Rietveld Uncut exhibition and the Studium Generale conference week in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in March 2020 were cancelled. Participants were asked to create digital translation of their projects and share this with the online audience.