BPM 2020/1: Heroes – Karoliina Paatos

May 8, 6 pm
Kuća Legata / Heritage House
Knez Mihailova 46, Belgrade

Curated by David Pujadó

It is odd in general for people, even for people that know rodeo, that when they hear about gay rodeo they’re perplexed because they are like…
what does that mean?
I think the rodeo in itself is all-inclusive. It’s called the gay rodeo but
obviously one doesn’t have to be gay to compete.
I think what makes gay rodeo so different is that we help each other.
We’re a family.

The American West has been the home of many countercultures. Gay rodeo is one of them. Still marginal and little known, even among the gay community, it contradicts the prevailing idea of the cowboy, which does not include different roles or sexual identities. It was born out of discrimination in the 1970s but has become a chosen family for many who do not feel at home in regular rodeos and whose families still do not accept their sexual identities. The carnivalistic drag culture is an essential part of the gay rodeo and everyone is allowed to take part in any sport regardless of their gender.

This exhibition has been organised through the essential support of Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Finnish Cultural Fundation & Arts Promotion Center Finland that supports artist mobility, by which Finnish artist Karoliina Paatos is able to participate in Belgrade Photo Month Festival.


Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation nobody can enter the Gallery without wearing a mask as required by the Rep of Serbia regulations.

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Tue – Fri / 14 – 19h
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