Queer Earth and Liquid Matters 

This summer, as part of Back to Earth, Serpentine presents Queer Earth and Liquid Matters in collaboration with Stone Nest and QUEERCIRCLE. Hosted at Stone Nest on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2022, the festival will be a two-day festival exploring transformation, queerness, the natural, the unnatural and the wild, as well as decolonial, Indigenous and submerged perspectives on the climate crisis.

Queer Earth and Liquid Matters is curated by Jack Halberstam, Macarena Gómez-Barris and Kostas Stasinopoulos. The programme will feature talks, performances, film and more from a stellar list of participants including Xavi Aguirre, Seba Calfuqueo, Adham Faramawy, Ash Fure, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe, Jack Halberstam, Victoria Hunt, Bhanu Kapil, Juan Francisco Salazar, P. Staff, Bones Tan Jones, and multidisciplinary dance theatre company Wringing Metamorphosis.

This live programme is part of a summer programme of activations for Back to Earth, Serpentine’s long-term programme responding to the climate crisis with an exhibition on view at Serpentine North from 22 June – 18 September 2022.

Kostas Stasinopoulos, Associate Curator, Live Programmes at Serpentine, said: “We are thrilled to present Queer Earth and Liquid Matters, an ambitious programme curated with a sense of responsibility and care for our current moment. The programme is dedicated to connecting and relating to each other, and explores ways of being that have often been overshadowed in Western environmental discourse. It brings together different voices and experiences of the climate emergency from around the world, in the hope of creating more connections in the present and inspiring new ways of coming together in the future. I am so grateful to co-curators Macarena Gómez-Barris and Jack Halberstam for their dedication to this programme, to all the artists for accepting our invitation to participate and to our partners, Stone Nest and Queercircle, for embracing the ideas with a unique sense of collaboration”.

Highlighting voices and experiences of the climate emergency, Queer Earth and Liquid Matters aims to unearth the binaries of Western knowledge often encountered in the environmental discourse.

More specifically, the programme will shed light on land and water struggles, foregrounding queer and trans Indigenous embodiment in the Global South and around the world. It will explore apocalyptic visions and experiences and amplify Indigenous refusal and outrage at the consequences of extractive capitalism.

Queer Earth and Liquid Matters expands Serpentine’s exploration into queer ecology which started in 2021 with Queer Currents, a podcast launched for artists and thinkers to untangle the connections between queer theory, environmental activism, and climate justice. Together with guests Ama Josephine Budge, Macarena Gómez-Barris and Jack Halberstam, podcast hosts Sin Wai Kin and Kostas Stasinopoulos asked “where does wildness live?” and collectively explored questions of desire, pleasure, queer resistance and affinity within apocalyptic world making.

Image: Seba Calfuqueo, Tray Tray Ko, video, 6’13, 2022, film still, photo by: Sebastian Melo.