Sam Hultin, Before we were
Before We Were
MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts [Warehouse B1 - Port]
In the performance piece Before We Were, based on a video made by Hultin in 2017, four queer people are sitting in a small circle with the audience around them. They are reading a text based on memories of popular culture that lgbtqi+ people have referred to when they have been asked about images or characters that they have identified with before they came out or before they were part of a community. Due to the lack of representation of lgbtqi+ characters in popular culture many have looked for and found what within queer theory is referred to as queer leakage – characters and episodes that for the queer eye can be read as queer, even if that wasn’t the film maker’s or the writer’s intention.
Dana Scully in The X Files, the sea witch Ursula in the Little Mermaid, Tintomara in the Queens Tiara, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando – films, characters and books that form a fluid genre – a queer frame of reference that in many cases transgresses national identity, time and age.
The performance is supported by Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists.
23|10|2019 - 23|10|2019