From 19 November to 18 December, 2022, Gabriel Fontana’s Turning Towards Fluidity: Tournament of the Unknown will take place at W139. During this period, coinciding with the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Tournament of the Unknown will challenge binary thinking and established social norms through queer sporting events, workshops and performances.
Tournament of the Unknown will challenge us to rethink the way we think, behave and how we relate to each other, leading to renewed conceptions of being together in society.
During both the opening and the finissage, there will be opportunities to actively participate. In addition, various groups ranging from schools, neighborhood organizations to cultural institutions will be invited to participate in the games that will take place in W139. In addition to the tournament, W139 sports hall will host an exhibition and a public program, so that the space will also be activated between games. We will show a selection of artworks and organize a public program with lectures, a movie night and moderated World Cup viewing sessions.
The artworks on display, including installations, textiles and video works, will intervene in the sports hall and offer new entrances to sport as a microcosm of society. In addition, we have curated a selection of clothing and accessories by independent designers and artists working at the intersection of sports and fashion. Merchandise specially designed for the exhibition will also be available in the W139 shop.
More information about the public program here.
More info on the exhibited works, artists and participants here.
Participating artists include Joana Cavaco, Ronnie Close, Delphine Dénéréaz, Martynas Gailiušas, Nathanja van den Heuvel, Kexin Hao, Davy de Lepper, John Lucas, The Platform, Claudia Rankine, snufkin, Julius Thissen, Paul Whitty, Florian van Zandwijk, Versatile Forever, Sample.CM and Queer Choir Amsterdam.
Visual Identity by Sheona Turnbull and TAL.
Supported by VriendenLoterij Fonds, Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fonds, City of Amsterdam and Concrete.