10 Jul - 11 Aug 2019

Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol, BS1 4QA, UK

Wednesday 10 July 2019




duration:10 July-11 August,
Mon-Sat: 10am - 6:00pm

Fluffy, the cuddly symbiotic beast, has just left ATOPOS cvc’s library in Athens and is now travelling to the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, hoping to make new friends and find fodder along the way. The gender-and-age fluid furry is constantly seeking love, hugs and radical tenderness. It eats books and digests feminist queer knowledge while sharing it with other cohabitant monster friends, such as the non-binary horse, the hairy fairy, the dragon princess and many other characters.

Fluffy Library is a participatory installation created by the artist Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou and curated by Vassilis Zidianakis, Artistic Director of ATOPOS cvc. The project is an invitation for other creatures to inhabit the space, lie down, read or even themselves create alternative stories around gender, identity, sexuality and co-existence.

Besides Fluffy, there is a monstrous alphabet of hybrid identities, used for interweaving into a language, for reforming it and creating new narratives through storytelling. Fairy masculinities, dragons that want to be princesses, hairy mermaids, vulnerable cyborgs and sensitive monsters are reclaiming their place in existence. 

The project juxtaposes different disciplines through collaborations that Antigoni does with other artists and educators, performances and workshops for children, as well as special LGBTQI+ friendly fairy-tales, feminist books and queer literature.

Fluffy’s own story is being written by those who engage with the project and perpetuate it. Rumor has it that…
“Fluffy might be a monstrous femininity; a devourer Charybdis with many “mouths” that eats books and digests knowledge…
“Fluffy might be a furry universe, a hairy wormhole with magic ability to transfer you to parallel realities…
“Fluffy is deaf…
“Fluffy’s sexuality is fluid just like its identity. We don’t know its gender, where it came from or where it will go after.”

Fluffy Library aims to blur the boundaries between different ages and open up spaces for different identities. How good a grasp can we get of the uncanny and how much tenderness can we give to or gather from it?

Opening:
Wednesday 10 July 2019

Exhibition Days & Hours:
Monday to Saturday : 11am – 6:00pm

Duration:
10 July – 11 August 2019

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