Imagine: it’s 2070!
You’re planning a visit to the museum. Imagine: all inequality between different social groups are a thing of the past – overcome – reduced to an exhibition themed “lest we forget”.
Well, that’s where I ended up tonight; paying a visit to the holographic ghosts of Society Past – re-enacting a dark chapter of human history. An imaginary reminder of how our grandparents acted towards marginalised groups in 2020. The art project by Avraam, a Greek gay activist, was a performance-based installation in Cirkulacija 2, a conception of a utopian world 50 years from now.
Yes, you could call it utopian – he prefers to call it “achievable”.
This exhibition hit a nerve that has been stretched for the last 10 years and is reaching snapping point – especially in populist Europe where LGBTQ-free zones are the latest trend. Never in the last 20 years has a world without homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism seemed more distant in Europe than today.
The museum’s hostess – with an attitude- welcomed visitors to the show and guided us around the holographic performances. Through each space, we were having the chance to experience time of a reality depicting minority groups “back in 2020”. Each room told a story – a little life.
No, COVID did not feature, but feelings about transphobia, fat-phobia, homophobia did. Also stigmatism against HIV-positive persons was recited in a moving and approachable performance. A wheelchair-bound woman affirmed her sexuality and clippers were shaving a healthy head of hair. Perhaps too realistic for holograms?
About the artist:
Avraam Vrohidis is an artist, fat queer activist and performer from Greece. He has studied Social Work and is currently working with children with different abilities. Furthermore, he is the founder of a greek fat positive collective called “Fat Unicorns”. He wants to inspire people of all walks of life, making them trust and love their bodies and expressing themselves no matter what. His endeavour is to empower queer and fat teenagers out there who are confronted with discrimination. As a result, Avraam created the project “QHologram 2070: Museum of Diversity” and aims to travel with it all around Europe and use it to educate and sensitize a wide variety of different people.