(Un)Defining Queer is an exhibition which delves into the Whitworth’s collection to examine how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means. Presenting collection works that have never been on display before as well as loans, the exhibition includes artists such as: Ajamu X, Niki de Saint Phalle, General Idea, David Hockney, Maggie Hambling, Pearl Alcock, Keith Vaughan, Matthew Bamber, Sarah-Joy Ford, Wolfgang Tilmans, Chester Tenneson, and Jez Dolan.
Co-led by an intersectional group of people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and asexual), the project sets out to interrogate language, histories, and narratives within the Whitworth’s practice and collections. More specifically, the project and exhibition seek to redress historic omissions that have existed as a result of heteronormative museum practice.
Using the links below, you can listen to audio descriptions of works within the exhibition selected by (Un)Defining Queer participants, as well as contributors from The Men’s Room; the only organisation in the UK whose core mission is supporting marginalised young men and Trans people engaged in sex work or at risk of exploitation.