Rebecca Ann Tess

Figge von Rosen Galerie | Berlin

Not long ago, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle married his boyfriend of many years. Chancellor Angela Merkel sent her personal congratulations. Christopher Street Day—a gay pride celebration—is a familiar occurrence in major German cities. All this might lead you to think that the question of identity politics insofar as it touches on sexual preference has been laid to rest in Germany. Wrong, says artist Rebecca Ann Tess. Difference is desirable; it’s good for the bottom line in the fashion and design industries, there’s even room for it in the political sphere, and it helps tabloid sales as well—but then what? Feminist theorist Judith Butler has criticized Christopher Street Day for being too uncritical and too commercial—which is why she turned down the Civil Courage Award the organizers wanted to give her this year.

This situation explains Tess’s drive to reframe the discussion

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