“In “Rituals of Relatedness: Margins of Queer Kinship and beyond” Masha Godovannaya addresses the multi-faceted relationships between people who define themselves as queer. In a highly participatory process, she creates a platform for exchange with artistic means. Masha Godovannaya’s proposal combines art and social research, and has convinced the jury with its remarkably sensitive approach to collaboration, present throughout the working process planned with the participants.
At the center of her project are notions such as “queer kinship” and “queer parenting” that will be explored beyond conventional models of relatedness such as “family”, “coupledom”, “romantic love” and “monogamy”, in collaboration with queer people from Vienna, speaking from non-Western, migrant and often marginalized positions.”
Statement by jury 2018
I am a visual artist, queer-feminist social researcher, university lecturer, post-soviet subject, and mother coming from diverse backgrounds (constant migration, marginal cinematic forms, and queer-feminist artivism) of ideological displacement. Having multiple identities and broad interdisciplinary interests allows me to move across disciplines, medias, formats and different political, social and artistic worlds.
As a practicing artist, I’ve been working with visual media for over two decades and consider my films and installations audiovisual experiences blending personal, subjective elements with more concrete observations of the external world and socio-political contexts. I approach art production as a collective action. My artistic practice is closely connected to artistic research and draws on approaches such as moving image theory, social science, queer theory, feminist studies, and contemporary art.