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Image: Ad Minoliti, May You Live In Interesting Times, exhibition view, 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Photo by Andrea Rossetti

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead will host Biosfera Peluche/Biosphere Plush, Ad Minoliti’s first solo show in the UK. In their work, Minoliti uses geometry and colour as a tool for creating alternative universes and speculative pictorial fiction influenced by feminist and queer thought. Trained as a painter, they draw on the rich legacy of geometric abstraction in Latin America which embraces playfulness in painting and painted on irregular shaped canvases.

Biosfera Peluche/Biosphere Plush has been conceived as a community centre open to all, offering a space for intersectional feminist education and fantasy. The exhibition features Minoliti’s ongoing project The Feminist School of Painting, transforming part of the gallery space into an active classroom. Through bi-weekly painting workshops, the school will deconstruct historical narratives and re-imagine the traditional genre of landscape painting from a feminist, intersectional and queer perspective.

In partnership with a multidisciplinary group of artists, academics, writers and activists, the workshops will re-evaluate the structure of art education and promote accessibility, creativity and curiosity. Building on Minoliti’s interest of shedding light on feminist and queer artistic practice, the exhibition also includes an international library of queer and feminist zines, which will grow during the course of the exhibition.

Ad Minoliti’s Biosfera Peluche/Biosphere Plush is at BALTIC, Gateshead from Saturday 24th July-Sunday 8th May 2022

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