Véra (&) Léon

In exchange with DIEresidenz (Drôme, France), the duo véra (&) léon will work in Lichtenberg Studios for three weeks in summer 2022. Their original project was to portray queer people in Lichtenberg. A more difficult goal than expected… which the duo transforms into a poetic diary about queerness, the artistic process and social representations.

The text JOURNAL OF AN IMPOSSIBLE INQUIRY was created as an echo of a visual narrative that questions the ever-changing urbanity of Berlin. The photographs from the Lichtenberg Archive (the archives of the Lichtenberg Museum) used as background create a parallel world to the mental images evoked by the poetic diary – past and present, but also the sensitive and political experiences of the city are put into relation. Better: an oscillation between past and present, but also between the sensitive and political experiences of the city.

The 16 photographic portraits, closely interwoven with the poetic diary, are also concerned with the intimate relationship between the queer body and its environment. These images, co-produced with their models, question the contradictions of our imaginary world: nature and city life, curiosity and voyeurism, otherness and identity.

October, 2022