Claudia Borgia


Italy. 2016 - 2018

Queer forms of art and life.
With a glass of rhum in his hand, Tony tells me that the word queer gives him joy as much as the expression "I'm depressed", but for the opposite reason, for the rarefied outlines. I had never heard of queer until I discovered my body, the chance to live it, to enjoy it and make it enjoy. I started the journey.
Literally queer means transversal, oblique. In the 90s it was a derogatory epithet that was addressed to homosexual.Those were the years of the AIDS crisis and there was a violent campaign to criminalize the sexual promiscuity of gay and transgender people. The militants of Queer Nation, to respond with non-violent actions, chosed to present themselves just like those fags that caused so much disgust in right-thinking citizens. That appropriation also implied an inclusive attitude to overcome those boreders of the homosexual community between gays, lesbians, transexuals, transgender, bisexuals. In particular, the rigidly binary conception of sexual identity was denyed, incapable of considering gender as a "fluid variable that changes and adapt itself in different contexts and epochs" (M. Foucault).
In Italy meanwhile was emerging a critical consciousness moving from the feminist message "the personal is political". It wondered about the possibility of other opportunities of thought, action and life. In Italy as abroad, the re-elaboration of cultural codes also took place through the art of performing. A body practice necessary for a critical redefinition of the real. A non-place in which it is possible to play with symbols and cultural affiliations, giving rise to unusual combinations that undermine the foundations of what is familiar. A border area in which potentially new models could emerge, paradigms, in which cultural creativity stages its dance to the subjunctive and new experimental aggregations could be possible.
On the route of gender nomads, nomad myself, I crossed the life of Tony Allotta, the Play girls from Caracas and Silvia Calderoni in Rome and I followed across Italy. Fluid bodies, queer beings, migrants. Elements of a small queer community that, in the face of the dismemberment of cultures within the world capitalist system, offer us real and freeing alternatives. Fabulous and provocative tell about deviant subjectivities and subversive desires. In short, dangerous stories for morality, decency and conscience of normal. These artivists lead us along unlimited transits between genders and the possible fluctuations of desire, creating other imaginings, new spaces and relationships.
Tony, biological male. Performer, actor, acting teacher. When he speaks about himself he usually use the feminine. He was one of the first performer of the queer roman scene.
Playgirls from Caracas is the queer music project of Annalisa and Gilvia, an artistic couple and in life. Both biological females.
Silvia, biological female. Performer, actress, dj, author. Being queer for Silvia is a political urgency, it is her body to be political, especially when the theatrical expression allows her to manifest herself in her integrity.

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