Eliel Jones leads a discursive session extending from the themes of the exhibition that will explore the practice of hosting as a queer, artistic and curatorial method. This lecture-performance and reading invites participants to collectively consider the interconnectedness of pleasure, community building and resistance, including through the work of Wielebinski and other artists and writers such as Samuel R. Delany, Gayle Rubin, Terre Thaemlitz (aka DJ Sprinkles), Adam Farah-Saad and Ian White. Together the session will reflect on the possibilities of inherently-queer hosting practices – such as cruising or the radical cultures of gay bars and clubs – and their potential danger of being diluted or to disappear as a result of social, economic and political hostilities.
Eliel Jones is the Curator of Performance and Time-based Media at KANAL – Centre Pompidou, a new interdisciplinary museum of modern and contemporary art due to open in Brussels in 2025. His research interests and methodologies stem from intersectional approaches to queer and feminist discourse and are guided by his involvement in direct community action and solidarity. Prior to KANAL he was the Curator of the second edition of the Brent Biennial titled In the House of my Love (2022), and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic he curated Queer Correspondence, a mail-art initiative that reached nearly 1000 subscribers in 42 countries through monthly letter-sized commissioned projects by artists and writers. His independent curatorial projects include: Gelare Khosghozaran – To Be the Author of One’s Own Travels, Delfina Foundation, London; do you host?, Ujazdowski Castle CCA, Warsaw; Acts of Translation, Mohammed and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, Jordan; and Experiments on Public Space, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Jones has written for e-flux Criticism, Artforum, Frieze, The Guardian, Flash Art, Mousse and X-TRA.