“Dreamy – Queer Imaginaries”

28th April 2023, 12:00 am

Date(s) - 28th Apr 2023 - 26th Nov 2023
All Day

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma








Viewing hours
Tuesday–Friday 10a-8:30p
Saturday 10a–6p
Sunday 10a–5p
Closed Monday

ROTIMI FANI-KAYODE Nothing to Lose VII, 1989



Queer Imaginaries

Dreamy – Queer Imaginaeries from Museum’s collection, aiming at underlining the continuities between past and present practices dealing with LGBTQI+ identities, historicizing recent practices and signaling Tom of Finland’s pioneering agency.


Liberation from conventions

The question at the core of the show is: How does one live a queer life? The term queer in this context refers to a way of being or doing that involves liberation from conventions. The featured works are like codes that can be deciphered to discover new connections between oneself and the world. Such liberation is fundamentally linked to the world of dreams and fantasy.

“There is an underlying spirit of desire and a search for connection in the exhibition. I believe it will offer points of identification in the areas of sexuality, gender, desire, intimacy and connection.”

– Max Hannus, the curator of the show


Featured artists

Lynda Benglis, Jessica Andrey Bogush, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Nan Goldin, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Jukka Korkeila, Anne Koskinen, Reija Meriläinen, Kalervo Palsa, Tero Puha, Jacolby Satterwhite, Anna Uddenberg, and Bogna Luiza Wisniewska.



The exhibition is curated by guest curator Max Hannus (b. 1984). Hannus is a Helsinki-based freelance curator and writer interested in the intersections of desire, relationships and artmaking.


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Published: 28th April 2023

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