A co-created and living archive of queer spatial production in Tbilisi and Berlin
The narratives, encounters and experiences unfolding around the creation of queer spaces and their everyday histories are oftentimes invisible and fleeting, yet quintessential for LGBTQIA+ communities. Queer space can potentially exist everywhere in the public realm; oftentimes ephemeral and loaded with contradicting meanings. It is co-created by people sharing common needs, demands, and traumas and it is appropriated and redefined through queer practices in physical urban space. The process of queering space involves negotiating individual and collective rights, spatially organizing relationships, claiming ownership and access to resources, manufacturing safety, and celebrating one’s identities.
This project establishes a participatory, living and growing digital archive for queer spatial narratives in Tbilisi and Berlin. Queer archives reveal how “queer lives, past and present, are constituted by voices that swell with the complex measures of our joys and our struggles against annihilating silence” (Charles Morris). Co-created by LGBTQIA+ communities, multi-format portraits of queering spaces talk about and archive the commoning of queer space. Any narrative, encounter, experience, protest, mode of resistance, or performative action counts – small or big, mundane or extraordinary. The goal of the Queer(ing) Common Space archive is to make visible the multiplicity of queer experiences, memories and encounters in public space and to pursue a more continuous queer urban historiography.