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Sunday, January 09, 2022

Dieb erwirbt juwelenbesetzte Cashe und wird dann von einem Polizisten mit Dinosaurierschwanz erwischt und in den Schädel gefickt

Dieb erwirbt juwelenbesetzte Cashe und wird dann von einem Polizisten mit Dinosaurierschwanz erwischt und in den Schädel gefickt

My former student from Malmö Art Academy in Sweden has a brilliant new solo exhibition that opens this month. She is really taking the world by hook and by storm.

Maria Norrman (SE)

Millennium Star's 10 Year Retrospective

14 - 16/1 2022
Opening Friday 14 January 18:00-21:00/6-9 pm
Opening hours for member shows:
Friday: 18:00-21:00/6-9 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 13.00-17.00/1-5 pm

Galleri CC, Båstadsgatan 4, Malmö, Sweden

This retrospective show works starting from the creation of Maria Norrman’s drag character Millennium Star in 2012 up to present time.

Many years before Norrman heard of RuPauls Drag Race and terms like “faux queen” (cis women who do feminine drag) she asked herself what would happen if a female bodied person was made into a drag queen?

What would happen to that person’s sense of gender and identity, and how would their surroundings react? Norrman decided to give a drag artist the task of making her into a drag queen.

Thus Millennium Star was created, a character which allowed her to, step by step, perform in different settings and places where Norrman wouldn’t dare, or want, to put herself. Millennium Star allows her to explore an existence on the side of the gender binary, where a more fluid state can exist.

Millennium is a displaced diva. Something is always slightly off in their performances, as in having a drag performance happen on that certain site or, with the performance itself. Such as the performances done under the umbrella of Gallery Extra, which brought Millennium to do a glittery lip sync performance at the almost empty Lorensborg shopping center in Malmö.

Millennium Star is, and has been, many things: a music historian who lip syncs to songs by past queer icons from the 1940s, like Karl Gerhard and Ulla Billquist. They’ve acted as an environmental cleanser, dressed in marine debris and picking litter around the Vege river in Scania, while singing the praises of seaside life.

Millennium Star is sometimes met with the stark reality of gender non-conformists, like when they walked in the outskirts of Copenhagen in drag, sensing how gazes transformed from appreciative to questioning and hostile.

Millennium Star started as, and still is, a way for Norrman to express herself, using femininity as a style. A style and expression we’re taught to shun and turn away from in order to be taken seriously.

The retrospective shows video work, documentation from performances and polycanvas wall images, along with photos of Millennium’s costume design and memorabilia from past events.

This is the first time Millennium Star’s entire body of work is shown.

Maria Norrman (SE) is a visual artist who mainly works with video and photography, in combination with performance and costume making. Norrman often uses herself and different characters in her work which allows her to put her appearance and gender expressions in relation to the participants.

The works explore the meeting between hers and other people's fantasies and topics such as war history, gender and sexuality. Her methods often consist of different types of role play, where body, clothing and identities are central starting points.

Norrman was born in 1987 and received her MFA from Malmö Art Academy in 2013.

Maria Norrman SE)
Millennium Star's 10 Year Retrospective
14 - 16/1 2022
Vernissage: Fredag 14 Januari 18:00-21:00
Öppettider under medlemsutställningar:

Fredag: 18:00-21:00
Lördag-Söndag: 13.00-17.00

Galleri CC, Båstadsgatan 4, Malmö, Sweden


The latest from international art treasures Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle

Hello from the quarantine headquarters of Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle. Once again, we are dancing fast to dodge covid and to support our beloveds that have it. Sadly, for the coming few weeks, we won't be giving you big hugs, sharing breaths, or having indoor meals together. Damn it! However, we can send you our best wishes for the new year, oodles of love, some hope and good news.

1. We simply love the Earth and our ecosexy community, so we have launched a new non-profit, E.A.R.T.H. Lab SF. This has been Beth's dream, and she made it happen. The E.A.R.T.H. Lab at UCSC in Santa Cruz that started in 2014 will continue. However, having a non-profit in San Francisco to serve our wider community opens up new opportunities. We are an official 501c3, have a terrific working board, and a great creative team. Magic is afoot.

2. On New Years Day, E.A.R.T.H. Lab SF launched its new website. Take a peek. Read our mission statement, meet our team, and find info about how to engage. Please send any feedback you have about the site and any suggestions for the future. (See website here) The site is designed and built by the fabulous Julie Rogge. Our talented graphic designer Saul Villegas (Beth's former student), will be updating it colorfully as we go.

photo of Ms. Davis by Hector Martinez the Azteca Warrior