Program series Queer as German Folk:
Perspectives on Stonewall 5.0

Queer as German Folk, courtesy of Schwules Museum Berlin Goethe-Institut, courtesy of Schwules Museum Berlin

Fri, 05/31/2019 -
Sun, 06/23/2019


A program cluster developed by the Goethe-Institut

The cross-disciplinary project Queer as German Folk takes the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York as an opportunity to outline the current state of discourse on queer emancipation against the backdrop of the last half century. A joint initiative by the Goethe-Instituts New York, Toronto, Montreal, Mexico, Chicago and San Francisco and their German, Canadian, American, and Mexican partners.

Queer as German Folk: 

Perspectives on Stonewall 5.0 from Berlin to Toronto  
Presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto at Stackt
Bathurst & Niagara St.
Free admission

Opening event May 31, 2019, 7-9pm, at Stackt, free & open to public, with produzentin, a DJ who likes house music, Pavlova cake and lakes. She lives in Toronto and originally hails from Germany. Proddy and her bff Mary Messhausen are running the local & infamous party Hotnuts. Join us for the opening party with Pretzels and alcohol-free beer

June 1 - June 23
Hours @ Stackt:
Tues-Thurs 3-7pm
Fri 3-9pm (excluding June 21 due to Queer Conference, see below)
Sat 1-8pm
Sun 1-5pm

The exhibition developed with Schwules Museum Berlin for the Goethe-Institut focuses on the impact of Stonewall on the German LGBTIQ* movements, specifically tapping into under-researched traditions such as the black German movement or the history of the trans movement. Historical documents and archives are redefined as present-day objects by reproducing them on unusual media such as t-shirts, highlighting the experiential and activist character of these movements. The core exhibition will be shown at Toronto’s new Stackt container market, alongside an ancillary presentation at the Goethe-Institut Toronto.
Presented in partnership with Stackt & The Arquives, who are adding new Toronto research to the project.

LGBTIQ* Queer Cinema

Presented by the Goethe-Institut at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
Curated by Wieland Speck (Berlinale) for the Goethe-Institut project Queer As German Folk
Four matinee screenings of films by Heiner Carow, Ulrike Ottinger, Rosa von Praunheim, Wieland Speck:
"Silence = Death" (1990) directed by Rosa von Praunheim, June 1, 12:30 pm
"Coming Out" (1989) directed by Heiner Carow, June 1, 2:15 pm
"Westler" (1985) directed by Wieland Speck, June 2, 12:30 pm
"Ticket of no return" (1979) directed by Ulrike Ottinger, 2 June, 2:30 pm

  Inside Out Press Release

The Goethe-Institut is also inviting next-generation Berlin filmmaker Manuel Kinzer to Inside Out with his short film DARIO (Germany 2018, 15 min). Based on true events and experiences Kinzer made while travelling Columbia, DARIO tells the story of a  talented young dancer who dreams of performing at the Columbian carnival, while his mother is pressuring him to let go of those dreams in order to become a "real man". Dario has to make a choice between pursuing his dreams and obeying his family.


“Queer Commons. Queer Conflicts.”
Toronto: Queer Culture 
June 21, 5pm, Goethe-Institut Toronto, 100 University Ave.

From counterculture to mainstream: Queerness in the cultural sector.

Iván Acebo Choy, researcher, writer, queer art historian, Mexico City / Ottawa
Luwayne Glass aka Dreamcrusher, multidisciplinary artist, New York
Peter Rehberg, archive and collection manager Schwules Museum, Berlin
Michael Venus, artist, actor and producer, Montreal
Moderated by Toronto artist Elle Flanders (Public Studio)

further conferences:
Berlin: Queer Establishment
Mexico City: Queer Diversity
New York: Queer Resistance

Queer as German Folk is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in North America in collaboration with Schwules Museum Berlin, The Federal Agency for Civic Education, as well as local partners in Chicago, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington.  

Partners of the Goethe-Institut Toronto are The Arquives, Inside Out Festival, Pride Toronto, and Stackt.

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Exhibition Curators

Birgit Bosold has been a member of the board of the Gay Museum since 2006. She was the project manager and co-curator of the exhibition "Homosexualität_en", initiated by the Gay Museum in collaboration with the German Historical Museum. Most recently, together with Vera Hofmann, she was project manager for the "Jahr der Frau_en" - a queer-feminine annual program of the Gay Museum for 2018. In this context she curated the overview exhibition Lesbian Vision with more than 30 positions of queer artists from the past 100 years together with Carina Klugbauer. Professionally, she is at home in private banking, working as a freelance consultant in portfolio management.

Carina Klugbauer is a research assistant at the Gay Museum Berlin. She helped curate the 2017 traveling exhibition "Outrageous" for the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration within the framework of the research project on the persecution and discrimination of lesbian women and gay men in Hesse from 1945-1985. In 2018 she curated the queer art exhibition "Lesbian Vision" together with Birgit Bosold for the annual program "Jahr der Frau_en". She supervised the museum education programs in the Gay Museum and conceived the youth workshop "Magnus, Lili and Rosa" to convey LGBTIQ* history and to raise awareness of sexual and gender diversity.