Our Heart Is a Foreign Country

Friendship as an alternative in a normal world
Curated by: Gyula Muskovics & Andi Soós

The international group exhibition Our Heart Is a Foreign Country presented the intimate field of play that unfolds in friendships; a place that offers the possibility of departing from the expectations, ideals, and norms constructed by society.

The show gave a peek into the mysterious universe of role shifts and mischief that lies beyond the normative spheres of political control, the law, the church, and the family that is responsible for passing on cultural patterns. At the same time, it pointed to the liberating power of this versatile and personalized mode of human connection in a culture where modes of experiencing love and intimacy are determined by moral codes, institutionalized rituals and the legal framework of marriage.

Our Heart Is a Foreign Country asks the question of whether friendship can be a way of life and the basis for queer politics beyond identity categories and gender roles. Through this, friendship emerges as an alternative to the heteronormative social structures that enforce unequal power relations.

Participating artists:
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Elmgreen & Dragset, G. B. Jones & Bruce LaBruce, Rodolf Hervé, Tamás Király, pr group, Karol Radziszewski, Andi Schmied, Lilla Szász, Ryan Trecartin, Jana Želibská

Photos: Dávid Biró
Supported and commissioned by tranzit.hu, Budapest