HÄN ARCHIVE 2021
Knowing our history is vital to understanding who we are as LGBTQ+ people. The HÄN Archive was born from inequality within the community itself: from realising how lives and history of queer women, lesbians, trans and non-binary people are often documented and remembered less. So many of the queer voices who fought for us and celebrated each other to build a better safer future were erased because of this. The Archive aims to honour the queer heroes from the past, who made it possible for us to be who we are today – and to increase their visibility for future generations.
As a reaction to the lack of access, information, and documentation of the lesbian, trans, non-binary and genderqueer culture and history, this archive was created as a safe, sacred place to share and celebrate queer bodies of work and our heritage. To bring past history and current material, identities, sexualities, bodies, and genders to the limelight – for all of us and our allies to take part in it, read, see, learn and connect.
The HÄN Archive collects, preserves, celebrates and explores the history, culture, fashion, imagery, and writing of queer women, lesbian, trans, and non-binary people throughout the decades and up until the present day. In times when we often feel disconnected from our communities and safe spaces to express ourselves and connect with each other, this archive aims to build a world for us to indulge in and to feel seen.
CURATED BY : ELLA BOUCHT
The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticized sensation. For this reason, we have often turned away from the exploration and consideration of the erotic as a source of power and information, confusing it with its opposite, the pornographic. But pornography is a direct denial of the power of the erotic, for it represents the suppression of true feeling. Pornography emphasizes sensation without feeling.
The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire. For having experienced the fullness of this depth of feeling and recognizing its power, in honor and selfrespect we can require no less of ourselves.”…
The Use of the Erotic: The Erotic as power: Audre Lorde, 1978
Barbara Hammer, Nitrate Kisses (still), 1992
Illustration for ON OUR BACKS, © Kim Larsson
San Francisco, 2000, ©email@example.com
“ The magazine filled a giant hole in lesbian sex culture as it redirected the discussion on authentic representations of lesbian desires. It eroticized power and difference, challenged any notions around ‘natural’ sex, and showcased diversity. Also thanks to the readers’ participation, it helped the formation of an alternative sex positive community.
Ultimately, it provided accessible, ‘real’ and affirming representations of lesbian desires through photographs, erotic fiction, honest discussions, reviews, personal ads, sex ed pieces, and advice columns. It featured the ‘who’s who’ of queer culture – from Tee Corinne, Jewelle Gomez, Jil Posner, Sarah Schulman, Joan Nestle, Dorothy Allison, Phyllis Christopher, Pat Califia, Cathy Opie to Jackie Strano, Shar Rednour, Tristan Taormino and Jack Halberstam. It was a new beginning for feminist sex liberation. “
THE DRAG KING BOOK @ Del LaGrace Volcano and Jack Halberstam
The Cowgirls/Girl Gang Series 1995, © C.Moore Hardy
Illustration © Edith Hammar
Three Figures, 1994, © C.Moore Hardy
‘Tit Kiss’, © Lola Flash, 1994
Collage – Queer Feelings / Behaviour / Identity – @ Ella Boucht