Collection of personal stories ‘Seeing the Invisible’‘Seeing the Invisible’ is the slogan of QueerFest 2016, and also the topic of the personal stories’ collection, which invites its readers to reflect on gender, sexuality, nationalism, sexism, social pressure, and hierarchies.
The main topic of the issue are borders and their crossings. There are orders between big cities and small towns in the story by Nastya Sulim from Belarus; a border checkpoint between Tajikistan and Russia in Komil’s text; it is a border between a ‘Soviet’ person and a ‘Western’ person in the article by Masha from Austria. (Queer-)resettlement, (queer-)migration, and (queer-)fleeing have always been a part of human history, and in this collection this topiñ speaks loud and clear.
There is a topic of crossing the border between identities or claiming them nonexistent, resistance to the gender binary system within today’s present sexual identities in Sasha’s essay. There are challenging things that seem to be unshakable – such as national and cultural identity – in Ayman Ackford’s story about the way person crosses borders established by the ‘features of one’s neurotype’ – thus physical borders merge with personal borders, which are also being questioned.
Graphics by the artist Kondratiy Chvatit, odd and full of hidden sense, can make you feel delightful, annoyed, or maybe stimulate you thinking about your own borders.
Saint-Petersburg, 2016. 25 pages. File size - 16,4 MB.