CUNTemporary August 2015 Newsletter

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Deep Trash Italia was produced by CUNTemporary as a fundraiser night for the creation of the first bi-annual festival Teoremi (2014), which addresses sexual and gender discrimination in Italy through the medium of performance. Moving from the first Italian-themed event, each Deep Trash Italia has evolved into a unique club night with dance, music, art and live performance, thus becoming CUNTemporary’s signature showcase night.

During a time when public and private spaces are narrowing their ability to accommodate the concerns and lives of non-normative and non-binary subjects, events such as Deep Trash Italia are crucial in bringing together a community of people interested in the themes of sexuality, gender, creativity and politics, with an intersectional and transnational approach.

For this reason we have decided to re-name the event to “DEEP TRASH” and to continue with these unique nights that promote freedom of expression for all, in a safe and fun environment.

As we prepare for the next open call, we would like to declare our manifesto for this season:

  • Deep Trash is the only regular exhibition-cum-performance-club-night promoting queer and feminist arts from all disciplines taking place in London.
  • Deep Trash remains a fundraiser night for the activities of CUNTemporary and Archivio Queer Italia. Nevertheless, we ensure that artistic expenses are covered.
  • Deep Trash launches a specific open call before each event for a fairer artistic participation and selection. The works and artists accepted will be consistent with the intersections of feminist-queer practice.
  • Deep Trash adopts an inclusive political stance, with zero tolerance for discrimination of any sort.
  • Deep Trash aims at showcasing the work of both emerging and established practitioners in order to create an intersectional, intergenerational and transcultural dialogue.
  • Deep Trash is especially committed to promoting performance art in order to encourage and strengthen research within current artistic discourses.
  • Deep Trash provides a safe space where works of a difficult and challenging nature can be presented, documented, discussed, enjoyed and reviewed.
  • Deep Trash understands sex as an inextricable part of what we do, who we are and where we come from. We support art and politics which are organized around sex. That is, the deprivatization of sex, the decriminalization of sex work, visible non-normative sexualities and non-binary gender identities, the end of sexual violence and the promotion of consensual sexual practices.
  • Deep Trash insists that as artists and audiences, we need more safe and inclusive spaces where people can come together to create, share, experience, discuss, be affected, be flirted, stimulated, challenged and most importantly, EMPOWERED.SAVE THE DATE:
    Saturday 24th October (Open Call to be announced soon)
    DEEP TRASH: The Animal Farm @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

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CUNTemporary July 2015 Newsletter

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Cuntemporary brings you the early highlights of a summer brimming with activities:

A Greek crisis
Back-to-back protests against austerity in London
Same-sex marriage legalised across the USA
White supremacy and systemic oppression of race on a global scale
The exclusion of trans and genderqueer identities from normative imperatives
Violent immigration policies
The closure of the Independent Living Fund for disabled people
Cuntemporary’s newsletter for July overflowing with queer and feminist events in London

We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers for all their hard work during these brutal times.

In coalition with the hundreds of organisations and collectives resisting, pushing, persisting, fighting for a fairer life.

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CUNTemporary June 2015 Newsletter

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DEEP TRASH ITALIA #5 Religious Bondage

DTI Religious BondageSaturday 30 May 2015

DEEP TRASH ITALIA #5 Religious Bondage

at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, East London

£6 adv. / £8 door

20:30-02:00 (last entry midnight)


Deep Trash Italia exhibition-cum-performance-club night is back in town for its ultimate Divine Cummunion!

Oh, rays of light! Oh, joyful joyful whips! It is with great pleasure and obscene delight that we welcome you to this ecstatic ass-embly, gathered in Religious Bondage for the first – and only – time of our life.

Put on your tunics, unroll your prayer rugs and take out your rosaries. Its time to dance to the sacred rhythms in the sweaty mecca of Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Let us take you on a journey with our professional gurus, sexy saints, mysterious sphinxes, voodoo dolls, extreme martyrs, twisted snakes and holy-bitches. We promise psychedelic dreams, trans-figurations, corpo-real visions, leaps and heaps of faith throughout the night. Bring your own witchdoctor – they might be necessary.

Dressing up or dressing off encouraged.

PERFORMANCES Andy Gio, ConiglioViola, Ernesto Sarezale, Kayleigh O’Keefe, Lucy McCormick. VIDEOS In_Ocula, Julian Pedraza, Lily Dean, Lucas Roger, Nisha Meshvania, Nicole Rayburn, Qila Gill. ARTWORKS Alberto Barazzutti, De-Visu, Giulio Baistrocchi, Lizy Bending, Maggie Williams.

MUSIC Justine and Bamboo Hermann – Quirky techno music, experimental beats, dirty house and a touch of Kawaiii.

Deep Trash Italia is a fundraiser night in support of the queer-feminist organisations Archivio Queer Italia (Italy) and CUNTemporary (London).

Curated by Giulia Casalini with the assistance of Giovanni Gonzales.


Tickets can be purchased online at

Facebook event at

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Venue Information

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB


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Some Like it Wrong

“Some Like it Wrong”

Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Daniela Comani, Cécile Emmanuelle Borra, Stefania Gagliano, Sadie Memphis Hennessy, Lora Hristova, Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Claudia Rossini aka Yamada Hanako, Alice Tatge

“Some Like it Wrong” explores the pornographic image through the lens of humour and indirect representation. The genitals disappear, multiply, become abstract… They are no longer the centrally perceived eroticism of the bodies. The image draws us into its deception, but its content continues to excite. Are the images essentially perverse or do we pervert the image? The works are displayed in unexpected places and ways in order to catch us by surprise. Curated by Giulia Casalini / CUNTemporary.

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Claudia Rossini aka Yamada Hanako, Some Love Affairs (My Beds), 2013

22-24 May 2015

GENDEROTICA Festival at Nuovo Cinema Palazzo

Piazza dei Sanniti 9/A, 00185, Rome (San Lorenzo area)

Opening and performance by Alice Tatge: 22 May h 5:30pm

Workshop: 23 May h 4.30pm [details below]

Genderotica website

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Ingrid Berthon-Moine

Ingrid Berthon-Moine is a French visual artist based in London and Paris. Her work employs a variety of media including photography, video, sculpture and text to examine themes related to gender, technology and personal biography. The human body, sexuality and desire are used as a vehicle for questioning new forms of gender representation. Berthon-Moine has exhibited in various group shows at venues including Wysing Art Centre, (Cambridge, 2014), La Suite Video (Mexico City, 2012), Mostyn Art Gallery (LLandudno, 2011), Southbank Centre (London, 2011) and AIR Gallery, (New York, 2009). She is currently pursuing an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London.


Daniela Comani

Daniela Comani is an Italian artist who lives and works in Berlin since 1989. Her multimedia work touches subjects related to history, language and gender. Selected exhibitions: The Self, National Academy Museum (New York, 2015), Autoritratti – Iscrizioni del femminile, MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna (Bologna, 2013), Le Printemps de Septembre, Musée Les Abattoirs (Toulouse, 2012), 54th Venice Biennale, San Marino Pavilion (Venice, 2011), Just Different!, Cobra Museum (Amsterdam, 2008), Transmediale08, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, 2008), I Queerelanti, Neon>Campobase (Bologna, 2008), History will repeat itself, KW (Berlin, 2007), The Eighth Square – Gender, Life and Desire in Art Since 1960, Museum Ludwig (Cologne, 2006).


Cécile Emmanuelle Borra

Cécile Emmanuelle Borra is a French born artist, graduate of Goldsmiths College. Much of her work explores notions of desire and examines the commodification of the body, investigating the supremacy of the gaze by trying to re-locate it onto a phallic symbol. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally, including solo show Kaleidoscopes at Sketch (London, 2009) and group shows Helmut Newton Ladies Nights, curated by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, at the Royal Academy (London, 2008), Uncut, ICA (London, 2003), Re-Sign, K-salon Gallery (Berlin, 2010), Where The Men Met, Kulturhuset (Stockholm, 2011) and Summer Show, A.I.R gallery (New York, 2012). Residencies and grants include AA2A at Chelsea College of Art (London), ULTRAMICHKA (Pau), Firstsite (Colchester) and NFK (Stockholm).


Stefania Gagliano

Stefania Gagliano is an Italian artist and graduate in Visual and Performing Arts in Venice and holds an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In her works she explores the difficulties of living and feeling at home within a body, together with denouncing the hipocrisy of a society that believes to have gained gender equality and sexual freedom. Selected solo exhibitions: Farfalle e gastriti, Art Ekyp (Modena, 2013), Il nome della donna non compare, Ninapì-nesting Art Gallery (Ravenna, 2013), Organiche interazioni, Spazio Gerra (Reggio Emilia, 2011). Selected group shows: Biennale del Disegno (Ravenna, 2014), NADSAT__/rituali e linguaggi della giovinezza/, Gallerie Civiche di Palazzo Ducale (Pavullo, 2012), I can see from a white canvas, Cà del Duca (Venice, 2004).


Sadie Memphis Hennessy

Sadie Hennessy is a Whitstable-based artist (UK).  Recent solo shows include Strange Hungers, WW Gallery (London, 2012) and More Strange Hungers, A.Brooks Art (London, 2013) and Something For The Weekend, Sir? A. Brooks Art (London, 2014). She holds an MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martin’s, London and has won the Jealous Graduate Art Prize in 2010. She specialises in collage and print-making, with the occasional foray into installation, including her famously controversial My First Tattoo (children’s tattoo parlour) for the Whitstable Biennale (June 2014). She recently won a commission for a public art project in Margate, Souvenirs of Cliftonville (Feb 2015) which culminated in a big solo show at Resort Studios (Margate).


Lora Hristova

Lora Hristova, born in Bulgaria, works across different mediums, engaging with issues of identity and sexuality from a feminist and psychoanalytical perspective. Inspired by mainstream pornography, her work considers the cultural, psychological and social impact of the sex industry. Since graduating from Central Saint Martin’s in 2009 she has exhibited across London with work touring Bulgaria and screenings in Berlin. Her first major solo show was held at The Zabludowicz Collection in March 2013. Her work is part of The University of the Arts Collection, The Zabludowicz Collection and private collections in London including those of Les Mes and Tracy Emin.


Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo

Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo is an American artist based in Berlin. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and later the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Poland). Over the last few years D’Angelo’s work has evolved into a more research based art practice that encompasses political issues concerning the politics of representations regarding class, race, sexuality and gender. Recently, D’Angelo begun to explore the production of race in both transnational spaces and urban areas within Eurocentric and American media zones. Her work attempts to reject the restrictive categories of identity in order to adopt a more plural way of experiencing race, gender and sexual relationships. D’Angelo’s work has been featured in Art in America, Huffingtonpost, Kenzo’s Kenzine and she has exhibited in Volta Artfair (Basel), Galerie Suvi Lehtinen (Berlin), September Gallery (Berlin), and was the 2014 studio grant holder from District Berlin.


Claudia Rossini aka Yamada Hanako

Yamada Hanako currently lives in Venice, where she studied Visual Arts, graduating from IUAV and the Academy of Fine Arts. In the last few years, Yamada’s artistic journey has focused on two main subjects: the representation of Venice and the imagery surrounding female sexuality. Her artworks have been exhibited throughout international festivals and institutions, including: GU Tophane-i Amire Culture Center (Istanbul, 2010), Venice Film Meeting (Venice, 2011), BJCEM (Thessaloniki, 2011), Italian Embassy in Washington DC (Washington, 2011), Santorini Biennial of Arts (Santorini, 2012), House of Electronic Arts (Basel, 2012); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice, 2014), Viafarini VIR (Milan, 2015).

Alice Tatge

Alice Tatge is an Italian/American director, choreographer and performer. Tatge’s work is located in the field of live art/mixed-media installation and is deeply rooted in her ongoing investigation of physicality and perception. Her practice includes the use of found objects, text, still photography, film and soundscape which she considers as an extension of her choreographic and compositional work. Her pieces have been exhibited in London at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Barbican, Wapping Project, Trinity Laban, Waterside Contemporary, ArtsAdmin, Freud Museum, ICA and the Colchester Art Centre (Essex). |




Saturday 23 May h 4.30pm

“Erotic Perils: Slightly Porn or kind of Art? An open discussion on the topic of censorship and feminist discourses.

Eyes Wild Drag, CUNTemporary and Archivio Queer Italia invite the public to a workshop/discussion on the issue of censorship through feminist perspectives on artworks with pornographic content. The participants will include some of the performers and artists of Genderotica festival. Discussion is open to all.

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CUNTemporary May 2015 Newsletter

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OPEN CALL for DEEP TRASH ITALIA #5 Religious Bondage



Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (Saturday 30 May 2015)

CUNTemporary is now accepting proposals for the fifth edition of the unique exhibition and performance club night Deep Trash Italia.

Calling for performances, performative lectures, dance, videos and interactive artworks to be shown on 30 May 2015. We accept proposals by artists of any artistic background and nationality. We are also keen to hear from writers responding to the call either in a written form (theory, auto/biography, poetry or fiction) or through a performative lecture. A collection of texts from this and all other Deep Trash Italia exhibitions/club nights will be published later this year.

This event’s themes may include, respond to, be affected by, but not restricted to:

  • Reframing the sacred and the profane in contemporary artworks
  • Feminist and queer critiques of religious practices and rituals
  • Marxist and Sadean critiques of religion as “the opium of the people”
  • Religious satire and parody
  • The relationship between the community and the ceremony
  • Affect and effect of ceremonial garb
  • BDSM within religious iconography
  • Pop culture and religious appropriation
  • (Homo)sexuality, saints, trans-figuration, spiritual gender bending and martyrdom
  • Mythology, superstition, magic, witchcraft and other practices and stories
  • Alternative forms of spirituality and their (non-)relationship to religious practice
  • “Je suis…” Considerations of religion, violence and freedom of speech
  • Psychedelia, visions, ecstatic dances and their connection to divinity
  • How religious identity interplays with other forms of identity, especially those related to sexuality.

To apply, please email Giulia Casalini at with the heading “Deep Trash Application #5” by 28 April 2015. Please include the following information:

  • Name and Surname
  • Place of Birth (City and Country)
  • Place of Residency (City and Country)
  • A written proposal (No more than 500 words) and, if available, images of the work
  • Website of the artist/collective or portfolio
  • Up to 5 high res images with credits (For press use)

We will aim to respond to all applications as soon as possible. Selected artists will be notified by 30 April.

All profits of the night will go towards the activities of CUNTemporary and Archivio Queer Italia.

Upcoming events:

– Queer Italian studies workshop (Birmingham 14-15 May 2015).

– Genderotica Festival (Rome, 22-24 May 2015)


About Archivio Queer Italia and Cuntemporary

The Archivio Queer Italia (AQI) project is the first Italian platform for queer art, theory and activism. The two strands of this project consist of:

  1. A database of a virtual archive of artistic and theoretical expressions and activist organizations operating in Italy;
  2. Creating spaces and mobile events for the display of such activities (e.g. art fairs, museums, institutions and street interventions).

AQI also organizes “Teoremi”, a bi-annual, itinerant performance festival against sexual and gender discrimination in Italy.

CUNTemporary organises talks, screenings, exhibitions, performances and events (both in the UK and abroad) with the participation of a multidisciplinary and international group of members and artists that explore feminist and queer art practices and theories. Cuntemporary facilitates and curates projects in response to the lack of visibility and the difficulties in presenting such work within mainstream media and institutions.

Parallel to these activities both platforms regularly publish news and events on queer and feminist topics especially at the intersections of art, theory and activism.


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