LGBTQI+ Project Continues in Vienna

Blinken OSA visit at QWIEN

The exhibition Records Uncovered 2.0, co-organized by Blinken OSA and the Háttér Archive and Library, opened at the Galeria Centralis this January, presenting LGBTQI+ histories of Central and Southeastern Europe from the post-WWII period to the early 2000s. As a result of the earlier online exhibition, complemented by a parallel research project, the physical on-site show also included contributions received from individuals and partner organizations. The exhibition was accompanied by film screenings, roundtable discussions, and many other related events.

In continuation, Csaba Szilágyi Chief Archivist visited Vienna with CEU PhD student and co-curator of the exhibition Perica Jovchevski. There was an organized visit to QWIEN, a research center, library, and archives for queer studies. There they had the chance to meet the director and colleagues of the Queer Museum Vienna as well, exploring possibilities of cooperation, exchange of archival sources, and the prospects of bringing the Records Uncovered 2.0 exhibition to Vienna.

Perica Jovchevski also participated in a discussion titled Collecting and Archiving LGBTIQ+ and Women’s Movements in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space at the University of Vienna, an event of the conversation series “Disciplines in Motion. Discussions at the Faculty Center for Transdisciplinary Historical and Cultural Studies.” The talk examined the archives established by LGBTQI+ and feminist activists across the post-Yugoslav space, the obstacles of creating such archives, and the prospect of a queer/feminist practice of collecting and archiving.