Christa Holka on documenting the lives and processes of her intimate and extended intersectional queer communities.
Queer Portrait and Performance Photographer
Thursday 22nd of April 2021
7:30pm soft start, 8pm presentation
This poster features a still Image from ‘TREMBLE,’ a collaborative image performed by Liz Rosenfeld, photographed by Christa Holka. ‘TREMBLE’ is the first video work by Liz Rosenfeld in a trilogy about the action and experience of trembling. Shot on location at Ficken3000, Berlin, August 2020.
QUEER CONNECTIONS: Christa Holka on documenting the lives and processes of her intimate and extended intersectional queer communities.
Tracing the journey of her early photographic work exploring identity and gender in Chicago to her current practice, nearly 20 years later in London, Christa will discuss the ways in which her practice meets performance, or rather integrates it. Is Christa’s practice, perhaps, a performance itself? Christa will also touch upon her growing interest in examining the role her identity plays in her practice, and consider whether her still growing archive of queer life and performance could be a form of archival activism.
Christa Holka is a queer portrait and performance photographer who has been photographing her communities both intimate and extended for over 20 years. Based in London since 2007, Christa has been working in the UK’s publicly funded culture sector establishing a strong network of personal and professional community ties within London, the UK and internationally.
Christa’s work engages with and supports artists and organisations with portraiture and through portraiture, photographic documentation of performance, cultural heritage and arts activity by and for local communities, in galleries, museums, universities, schools and public venues in London and across the UK.
Christa has an MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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