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  "TRANS SEXUAL EXPRESS.
A Classic for the Third Millenium".

Curators: Rosa Martínez - Xabier Arakistain.
Barcelona 2001. CENTRE D'ART SANTA MÒNICA.
Budapest 2002. MÜCSARNOK KUNSTHALLE.
A Coruña 2002. KIOSKO ALFONSO.
   

Ana Laura Aláez
Janine Antoni
Vasco Araújo
Monica Bonvicini
Leigh Bowery
Cabello/Carceller
Hsia-Fei Chang
Patty Chang
Carles Congost
Divine David
Tracey Emin
Cristina García Rodero
Miguel Angel Gaüeca
Chris Korda
Oleg Kulik
Elahe Massumi
Priscilla Monge
Nikos Navridis
Rivane Neuenchwander
Ocaña
Henrik Olesen
Ebru Öseçen
Santiago Sierra
Salla Tykka

MÜCSARNOK KUNSTHALLE, Budapest, Hungría.
New artists:
Péter Csíkvári
Nagy Kriszta
Németh Hajnal
Joana Vasconcelos

Kiosko Alfonso, A Coruña, Spain.
New artists:

Xoán Anleo
María Ruido

 

The exhibition TRANS SEXUAL EXPRESS BARCELONA 2001: A CLASSIC FOR THE THIRD
MILLENNIUM addresses changes in sex, sexuality and gender policies and the reinvention of affectionate relationships. The title of the exhibition is a play on the idea of mobility, in which the experience of living and the formation of identity are conceptualised as a continual transit, as a constant becoming. The subtitle is a wry allusion to a canon re-invented from new aesthetic and ideological standpoints.

TRANS SEXUAL EXPRESS aims to go further than the numerous body-centred exhibitions held in the nineties. Here, the body is a veritable battleground, criss-crossed by sex, sexuality, gender, race and class, the global and the local, past and future, centre and periphery. In TSE, subjectivity and the search for equality and solidarity are woven into a biting reflection on the social mores that serve to pigeonhole identities, and in praise of openness to diversity and polymorphism. It is in this connection that we aim to promote difference through a search for equality. To this end, our guest artists from various parts of the world will attempt to show how sex, sexuality and gender issues are linked to ideologies spawned by policies of exclusion designed to maintain the hegemony of some people over others.

TSE focus on the social art formulated by the new sexual, racial and class radicals who question the role models imposed by mass culture, as much as they do the disturbing breakthroughs in biotechnology, while simultaneously developing a polymorphous capacity for re-inventing the human body. TSEB 2001 concerns itself with breaking down the barriers set up by the hierarchical divisions betwen various art disciplines, and with globalisation as the cornerstone of the neoliberal doctrine that seeks to do away with differences through galloping standardisation. In short, TSEB 2001 is billed to be a trans-generational, transexual and transnational exhibition.

The location of the exhibition venue, the Centre d'Art Santa Monica, at the lower end of the Ramblas and near the harbour of Barcelona, lends added value to the exhibition, as the harbour is itself a metaphor for the circulation of products, and because a large number of bars frequented by female, male and transvestites prostitutes and their customers happen to be in the area. Moreover, the proximity of local brothels endorses the artistic exploration of sexual exchanges, and of the yearnings, phantoms and relationships of submission and power running through them. The fact that some of these locales are included as exhibition satellites renders the Centre d'Art Santa Monica walls porous, setting up a flow connecting both inner to outer, and reality to its representation.

After the show in Barcelona, TRANS SEXUAL EXPRESS is touring to Kunsthalle Mucsarnok (Budapest, Hungary) and to Kiosko Alfonso (A Coruña, Spain).