In September 2017 the exhibition “I WANNA GIVE YOU DEVOTION” by Philipp Gufler opened at Platform, Munich.
Philipp Gufler realized the exhibition together with the self-organized archive Forum Queeres Archiv München. The poster and video collection of the Forum represents the key element of the exhibition. It displays an archive of feelings, personal experiences, political battles and desires. The exhibition combines historical posters and flyers with works by 29 artists and collectives, which Gufler specifically invited in order to question, actualize and expand on the poster collection. Historical and current material interweaves to a dense mesh.
The video work “Schemata #01 (I wanted to give you devotion)” by Philipp Gufler, Byron Kalomamas and Angela Stiegler, which is shown in the interior of the installation, amplifies the poster mesh on the exterior by text and audio fragments. Archive material from the forum homosexualität münchen e.V. meets found footage from the Internet, (artist) films by Chantal Akerman, Jean Genet and Pedro Almodóvar meet German AIDS-Help clips, Gusti Ochsengarten meets Britney Spears, witness accounts meet song lyrics. “I WANNA GIVE YOU DEVOTION” describes the desire for a past and a future that “is-not- yet-here”, for non-normative ways of living whose beginnings can be found in the forum’s archive as well as a desire for a story which goes against the ruling majority.
With new poster works by Muriel Aichberger, Tabea Blumenschein, Virág Bogyó, Johannes Büttner, Cinenova Working Group, Fernando Corona, Stephan Dillemuth, Holger Dreissig, Loretta Fahrenholz, Johannes Fedisch, Philipp Gufler, Hammann von Mier, Leo Heinik, Vera Hofmann, Richard John Jones, Isaac Julien, Byron Kalomamas, Chris Kraus, Kriwet, Lothringer13_Florida, Sands Murray-Wassink, Gyula Muskovics, Anna McCarthy, Mirja Reuter, Paola Revenioti, Barbara Spiller, Angela Stiegler, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Raphaela Vogel and X-Patch Collective.
An artist book will be published on the occasion of the exhibition including texts by Kerstin Stakemeier and members of the forum.