SQUISH organises multidisciplinary events, mixing arts and parties. We aim celebrating gender and sexual diversity. We wish to create a safe space for minorities, enjoying rave atmosphere while bringing visual arts and performances to highlight the beauty and political implication of LGBTQIA+ identities. Visual and performance arts are here to go beyond the recreational aspects of parties. We want to celebrate, question, inform and stimulate.
We are also present online, where we create and share artistic and political content related to queer identities.
Our values and goals
We want to offer a space for individuals to feel free and safe.
We want to be inclusive, sharing voices and views from artists and makers who don't belong to dominant categories.
We won't tolerate oppressive and discriminant behaviors such as racism, class contempt, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, transphobia, sex-workerphobia, body shaming.
Our feminism is inclusive and intersectional.
We want to let the people express themselves on subjects and issues that concern them.
We want to deconstruct heteronormativity and fight against the fetishizing of non heterosexual and non cisgender people.
We want to fight against the white gaze and fetishizing of non white people.
We want to create interactive and stimulating spaces, where different visions and opinons can be shared and debated.
We want to bring happiness and recklessness.
We want to be humble, keep learning, and eliminate the oppressive behaviors we might still have ourselves. All your comments and feedback on that topic are more than welcome.
We only want to involve, offer a platform, and support financially people who belong to minorities. It's the reason why our team and the artists we involve are queer people and people of color.
Allies are more than welcome to our events, and we are happy to share, laugh, love, and unite together.
The story behind our interest for music and raves
One of the inspirations for the musical aspect of our work can be attributed to specific parts of western History: the emergent disco scene of the 70s and the European electronic scenes of the early 80s.
Our interest for arts
We consider visual arts as a subjective reaction to a cultural, economical, social, or historical environment. Consequently, art isn't only a recreational medium, but also a political tool. By sharing and curating their realities, artists and creatives have the possibility to be loud and bring concrete changes.
We don't necessarily want to work with artists who consider themselves as activists or militants, but want to share and exhibit content connected to our values and goals.
Our visions of queerness and feminism
It's not simple to frame and clearly define those two concepts. They gather different movements, perspectives, etc. Depending on the context, they can have very different meanings. For now, the team is composed of two people, so we will propose you two different visions of queerness. Feel free to add your own by sending us an email!
Queer can be an umbrella that gather non heteronarmative narratives, an expression of non dominant sexualities.
Being queer can also mean identifying as a non heterosexual or a non cisgender person, willing to deconstruct heteronormative norms, and questioning the political implications of non dominant gender and sexual identities. Being queer should be synonym of being inclusive and respecting everyone's identity.
Being a feminist means fighting for gender and sexual equality in all the layers of our societies, taking in consideration everyone's particularity (race, social class, gender, health, etc.), letting concerned people express themselves, questioning heteronormative dynamics, fight against toxic masculinities, recognize the existence and legitimacy of all genders and sexual orientations, do not consider people making different choices than us as oppressed, be aware of specific oppressions, willing to learn from our peers, respect people's choices considering their way of living and thinking.
Aubane Berthommé Martinez is a king and an engaged visual artist. She takes care of Squish arts and production.
Armand Kain is a princess, known as a DJ with the name Princess-K. He is in charge of Squish music and programme.