Aina Šmid, Marina Gržinić, Zvonka Simčič: Relations: LESBIAN MOVEMENT/25 YEARS OF THE LESBIAN GROUP ŠKUC-LL Ljubljana

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Artist Statement:

    This documentary video/film is about the 25th anniversary of the lesbian group ŠKUC-LL (1987-2012) and the lesbian movement in former Yugoslavia. Its authors are Marina Gržinić, Aina Šmid, and Zvonka T Simčič. It is a project that visualizes, and defines the context for the movement and of the LGBTQ community within and with relation to politics, economics, culture, arts and legal institutional structures; this contextualization works on two layers: first from the decaying socialism to neoliberal capitalism, and then in the time of the 1990s it depicts the transition to a present, bloody neoliberal global capitalism. The video/film includes analysis of the movement in the EU after 2004 when Slovenia became a member of the EU and includes discussions and analysis of the “climate” that followed the discussions and rejection of a new family code in Slovenia in 2012. The family code was rejected by a referendum in March 2012, the majority decided negatively on basic human rights for same-sex unions and their children. A special place is given in the film to the Pride Parades in the ex-Yugoslavian territory.

    Relations presents a variety of processes of marginalization and the struggle for rights of the lesbian and LGBT community in Slovenia and wider in ex- Yugoslavia. It is a struggle for visibility, but also a testimony of the incredible power of the lesbian movement, its artistic and cultural potential, critical discourses, and emancipatory politics. The film consists of interviews, documents, art projects, nightlife, political appearances, and critical discourse. The film also talks about Europe, global world capitalism and the status of lesbians today. Other topics that are covered are alliances, history, the relations and alliances with feminism, gay, transgender and queer, AIDS and the diction of homosexuality. It gives a harsh critique of discrimination, racism, fascism in Europe today. This is a NO budget film as it is made without a single cent of investment by government or NGOs.



Marina Grzinic – Relations (Excerpt) from ACM SIGGRAPH on Vimeo.

Other Information:

    Documentary, History, Lesbian History, LGBTQ, and Narratives