Hamlet is a non-profit research and exhibition program currently run by Julia Hegi and Antonia Rebekka Truninger as part of their project 2 Boys Broken Hearts (2BBH).

Hamlet was founded in 2018 by Andrea Abegg Serrano, Cathrin Jarema and Clifford E. Bruckmann and started its exhibition program in 2019. Hamlet initiates, hosts and facilitates projects also with changing collaborators. In addition, Hamlet‘s self-understanding involves research efforts, especially - but not exclusively - in regards to the urban surrounding of the space itself.

Hamlet‘s focus lies on issues and varying notions of transformation, generational gaps and conflicts, as well as the distribution of property, power and information. Different methods are employed and experimented with in order to support the development and dissemination of knowledge: on one hand, Hamlet uses established formal approaches and tropes and on the other hand attempts to offer a surrounding allowing discourse, experimentation and disruption.

Hamlet is also dedicated to offering less established artist‘s positions early individual presentations in a proto-institutional setting as well as group shows and alternative forms of artistic presentation.

It is part of Hamlet‘s mission to keep the space and the work developing within as accessible as possible by removing barriers and directly addressing a wide audience actively.

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A central curatorial concern of 2BBH relates to the critical reflection of hegemonic structures and perspectives, explicitly focusing on queer feminist interests. Through her transdisciplinary approach, this is both object and method of 2BBH.

Following Hamlet's concerns, the program proposed by 2BBH aims to grasp two levels: a physical exhibition series as well as a text-based program.

The text-based program provides space for the horizontal interlinking of historical and contemporary queer feminist texts. 2BBH is driven by their love of words in all their forms but also recognizes them as sites and means of power. In regard to their curatorial practice, it is part of 2BBH’s mission to interrogate the structural machinery involved in the production of texts specifically within the context of art, not only examining but perhaps even breaking down the language typical of the industry.

Exhibitions and events should not necessarily be tied to textual knowledge production. Following neo-materialist feminist theories, 2BBH understands their exhibition practice as an attempt to revalue body-based experiences in order to counter their capitulation to the discursive.

2BBH takes it as one of their primary tasks to ask how 2BBH can position themselves in a discourse of theory that is far too often built on patriarchal, supposed truths, without blindly reproducing the latter. Such engagement with and participation in current discourses should also be understood as a response to her immediate environment.

2BBH uses collaborative approaches, but without ever generalizing – that is, 2BBH is meant to be (co-)shaped by many voices and at the same time provide space for discontinuity, conflict, and friction. In its research and exhibition activities, 2BBH poses a network of voices, ideas, references, and sources by means of which resources are not only generated but also redirected.

2 Boys Broken Hearts (2BBH) is founded in the fall of 2021 as an uncommercial research and exhibition project by Julia Hegi and Antonia Rebekka Truninger.

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