Swiss Artists at the Queer Biennial II in Los Angeles

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Event Details


Multiple Venues and Events
Los Angeles, California United States


June 04, 2016 - June 27, 2016


Free and open to the public.

Swiss artists Simone Aughterlony, Lukas Beyeler, Daniel Hellmann, Ivan Monteiro, and Valerie Reding join a month of performance art programmed throughout June 2016 in Los Angeles. The program is part of the Queer Biennial II Yooth: Loss and Found in Los Angeles, curated by Ruben Esparza with zurich moves! curator Marc Streit and Brian Getnick of Native Strategies.

Swiss participation in the Queer Biennial II stems from last year’s (X)change project with zurich moves! curator Marc Streit who brought Swiss and American performers together in Zurich and San Francisco to develop new performance in an exchange residency.

The performances resulting from the exchange were presented at CounterPulse in San Francisco in June 2015 and were accompanied by a panel of thinkers and academics from the Gender Studies field in Switzerland and the US at swissnex.

Some of last year’s performers continue their collaboration and conversation at the Queer Biennial II including San Francisco artists FAUNIQUE a.k.a. Monique Jenkinson, Keith Hennessy, and Mica Sigourney.

Swiss presence at the Queer Biennial II events

Installation/Film Performance

Opening night performances by Swiss artists Daniel Hellmann, Valérie Reding, and Ivan Monteiro, with video work by Lukas Beyeler and San Francisco based (X)change artist Mica Sigourney.

Date: June 4, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Industry, Downtown Los Angeles


Talk by Swiss performer Daniel Hellmann who is also the artist in residence at PAM from June 1 – 14, 2016

Date: June 13, 2016
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: PAM


Supernatural* by Simone Aughterlony, Antonija Livingstone and Hahn Rowe.

Date: June 16 & 17, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
(*Note: Also performing at CounterPulse in San Francisco, June 10 and 11th at 8:00 pm)


Date: June 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Pieter

Workshop & Public Showing

Fauxnique a.k.a. Monique.

Date: June 19, 2016
Time: Workshop 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Showing at 8:00 pm
Location: Pieter

Related Events

QUEER Biennial II Yooth: Loss and Found
All weekends in June: 5th, 18th, 19th and 26th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Featured image: ‘Supernatural- Sticksex’, 2015, Simone Aughterlony