Queer as German Folk
Exhibition Impressions from New York City
Impressions of the exhibition opening Queer as German Folk on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City | Photo: Sarah BlesenerThe ground floor of the Goethe-Institut New York is a multifunctional public space. It serves as a library and meeting point and hosts film screenings, panel discussions, seminars, and installations. Here, the exhibition Queer as German Folk and its “trail of liberation” brilliantly unfold.
Visitors can take main and side paths along the historical continuum of the exhibition. Adhesive tape imprinted with the exhibition title serves as an innovative leitmotif on the floor and on the walls. The look back at the history of the queer movement ends with an outlook: the Manifestos for a Queer Future and the Stonewall snaps. While visitors may take the manifestos home to read, the snap wall, reminiscent of a street barricade, invites them to contribute their own Stonewall moments to the exhibition.
Two projections complement the core exhibition. Each of them features five protagonists from New York and Berlin telling about the moment in their lives when they became queer activists or took their engagement in a new direction. This is a simple way to build a contemporary bridge between New York and Berlin.