Theory of Queer Identities: Representation in Contemporary East-European Art and Culture


  • Saša Kesić



queer, homonormativity, homonationalism, pride, pinkwashing, postsocialism


Starting from the general theory of identity, gender theory, queer theory and theory of bio/necropolitics, as theoretical platforms, in a few case studies I will analyze the Pride Parade as a form of manifestation of gender body and queer body representations in visual arts, and gender and queer body representations in mass media. My hypothesis is that the key for understanding the chosen case studies is in understanding the relation between their aesthetics, political and social interventions. This will consider political involvement, social injustice, alienation, stereotypes on which ideological manipulations are based etc., as well as the creative strategies used for moving the borders of visual art in searching for authentically-performed creative expressions and engagements. In the time we live it is necessary for the politicization of art to use queer tactics, which work as political strategies of subversion of every stable structure of power. Queer tactics, in my opinion, are weapons in disturbance of the stable social mechanisms, which every power tries to establish and perform over any ‘mass’, in order to transform it to race, gender, tribe, nation or class.

Author Biography

Saša Kesić

Independent researcher, Belgrade

Saša Kesić compleated his PhD in theory of Art and Media from the University of Arts in Belgrade (defended in September 2016) under the supervision of Marina Gržinić and Miško Šuvaković. He was awarded with the Ernst Mach Worldwide Scholarship and spent nine months at Prof. Dr. Marina Gržinić’s Post Conceptual Art Practices Study Program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (2015–16). Kesić also holds a MA in music pedagogy and works as a music teacher at “Vatroslav Lisinski” music school in Belgrade. He has published the following articles: “Antonio Gramsci” in Savremena marksistička teorija umetnosti (ed. Nikola Dedić, Rade Pantić and Sanela Nikolić, 2015); “Queer Calendars: Art-Activist Project of the Contemporary Transition Art” (with Biljana Kosmogina) in AM Journal of Art and Media Studies (No. 8, 2015); “Umetničke škole I moderna umetnost u Srbiji” (with Ana Sarvanović, Jovana Vasić and Miloš Đorđević) in Istorija umetnosti u Srbiji – 20 vek, (ed. Miško Šuvaković, 2014).


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How to Cite

Kesić, S. (2017). Theory of Queer Identities: Representation in Contemporary East-European Art and Culture. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (14), 123–131.