Edition print of 40 by Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen for ‘SECCMA Trade: Details of Love’, a project curated Kostas Stasinopoulos organized by SECCMA Trust, with all profits in support of Emantes – International Lgbtqia+ Solidarity.
Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen work across objects, installation and film to explore processes of production as cultural, personal and political practices. Their work was recently shown at Serpentine, London The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Para Site Hong Kong, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Vienna, HKW in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Congo International Film Festival. It is part of the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York and M+ Museum in Hong Kong.
Emantes – International Lgbtqia+ Solidarity is a Social Cooperative Enterprise based in Athens, Greece, that was founded in July 2018 by experienced volunteers in the LGBTQIA+ refugee field as well as in feminist and/or queer groups. Some of the founding members were refugees/asylum seekers at the time. Emantes’ mission is twofold. On the one hand, they provide direct or indirect psychosocial support to LGBTQIA+ refugees/asylum seekers. On the other hand, they raise awareness on the issues the LGBTQIA+ refugee/migrant community faces, by highlighting the multiple repressions posed by its dual identity and its invisibility within the general refugee/migrant population. Emantes means “we” in kaliarda, the slang used by homosexuals in Greece during the 1940s, in order to safely communicate with one another. In modern Greek, “imantes” means straps, which to Emantes are a symbol of solidarity. Straps can lift or hold together very heavy objects. So, in a way, Emantes understand and envision solidarity through diversity and adversity, a connection with “others” in the most unlikely combinations.
SECCMA Trust is a creative venture of SERAPIS that aims to form an alliance supporting the growth and expansion of contemporary art locally and internationally.