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Student Curatorial Team | The Queer Dot

The Queer Dot
22 – 24 April
Cooper Gallery Project Space
Opening hours: 11am – 5pm

Preview and Panel Discussion
Monday 22 April, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Free tickets can be booked via Eventbrite

An exhibition organised by members of DJCAD Student Curatorial Team.

Queer history has a complicated past, which has led to key moments in history such as the Stonewall riots and the reclaiming of the Pink triangle; originally a marker of shame later being re-appropriated as a symbol of positive identity. Then there is the AIDS epidemic, which saw many gay men being dehumanised and isolated from society. These moments in history laid the groundwork for many modern human rights movements, including queer rights, but are often ignored in an educational and institutional setting. Acknowledging history in relation to the present, The Queer Dot will host a reading section with a spotlight on Marsha P. Johnson and throughout the exhibition will address contemporary queer concerns. The exhibition title, The Queer Dot, is a play on the term “the year dot” meaning the first day of history, drawing attention to the fact that queer people have always been here.        

Featuring works from current and past students who have attended the University of Dundee, The Queer Dot features works relating to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, non-binary and queer experiences. The Queer Dot positively highlights contributions from students on the queer spectrum and explores what it means to be queer in 2019. Looking at the world through a queer lens, the exhibition features intimate works of art which relay contemporary experiences and the issues today’s generation are faced with - revealing a variety of identities and stories, from the experience of coming out, to challenging social constructs. With works across different disciplines - including installation, print, performance, video, digital and photography - the exhibition celebrates artists across the queer spectrum.

A panel discussion will take place on the opening night. Invited guests will discuss intersectionality, identity, and queer culture in relation to institutions. Reflecting upon the past the panel will discuss what is different for the present LGBTQIA+ community in Dundee now, compared to how it might have been in the past.

The panel will be chaired by artist, feminist and DJCAD MFA student Cal Kaha McKeon, who will be joined by; curator Eoin Dara, the current head of exhibitions at the DCA; Alex Muir, the creator of TSI – Trans Sports Initiative; Alex Robin Gardner, the convenor for Trans Pride Scotland; Margarita Kalamara, a PHD student studying Biological Sciences at the University of Dundee; and podcasters Sekai Machache and Matthew Dowdall, from FFN podcast.

Artist Biographies

Steven Sheath is a multi-media artist, who uses typography and projection to create installations. Adopting type into his work, Sheath explores the past conversations he has experienced as a queer person and reflects upon the outdated stereotypes he has been faced with.

Cal Kaha McKeon will be presenting an autobiographical series of photographs that depict the artist in the same location enacting intimately mundane day-to-day activities split over two A1 frames. Some of the photographs include text, and all of the texts are things that have been said to the artist since they came out as non-binary six months prior to the work. 

Working primarily in video, Morgan Black examines issues of non-binary gender and challenges existing social and cultural constructs. Their growing research into performance art embraces both the cinematic narrative, and the abstract performative, such as the images and sequences created for the film Either/Or (2018).

Ana Hine's work explores gender expression and fluidity. At the time of creating the work the artist identified as bigender and worked with a photographer, Tracy, to produce a series of photographs as both as 'boy' and a 'girl'. The works address being able to express oneself and reclaim the space needed to be who you are.   

Shaun Milligan writes; “I try to move on, but no-one knows how hard it is for your own father not to love you, my practice highlights the idea of relationships, identity and mental health. This was about making a closure to something that had been open for so long. He disowned me about seven years ago and I have never felt so detached from reality. I create a sense of discomfort, franticness and dark peace.”

Panterlo Natiello is a digital artist from Sweden. They often use vibrant colours in their work and take inspiration from the impressionists. Panterlo is currently studying for a BA Computer Arts at the University of Abertay and hopes to have a long career in digital storytelling.

Fk McLoone is a multidisciplinary artist concerned with human aspects of the neutral, anonymous and inanimate. Fieldwork (2018) explores the anxieties hidden in the artist’s attempts (and failures) to connect with nature. Combining performance and mixed media assemblage, they turn to the landscape with a fragmented analytical gaze, questioning the limits of knowledge – of nature, science and ourselves.

Cloud Apter writes: “The Greek word Eros means passion, love, desire and trust. When these expressions are accepted between two individuals, trust is gifted into the hands of another, during which time a spiritual and physical journey is mutually offered and accepted by the two individuals. To engage in the freedom of expression and in a positive awareness should equate across the diversity of sexes.”

Cyrus Allen is a London-born, Valencia-based creative primarily working within a work-based medium. His poetry is self-reflective and navigates themes between intersectionality and interpersonal relations. His piece is a discourse on personal experiences of bisexuality and living as a person of colour.

Leah Cameron writes: “This is an autobiographical comic about my realisation that I am only able to fall in love with women and how this realisation (plus therapy) helped me feel better about both myself and the world.”

Kris Thomassen writes: “Working to foster a sense of mythological engagement with the world and one's place in it, my work borrows imagery from myths inherited and imagined. Informed by my own queer experience and seeking to go beyond the limitations that are problematic in our society my figures are androgynous, stylised and otherworldly.”


The exhibition is organised by DJCAD Student Curatorial Team.

Cooper Gallery Project Space is located on the ground floor of Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. The space has ramped access and a disabled toilet.