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Growing Sideways

HACHE Galería, Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 14, 2017 – April 29, 2017

Catalina Schliebener. Growing Sideways, curaduría John Chaich, Hache Galería, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017_12

Catalina Schliebener. Growing Sideways, curaduría John Chaich, Hache Galería, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017_13

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Catalina Schielbener’s Growing Sideways takes its title from queer scholar Kathryn Stockton Bond’s notion that in contrast to the normative view of “growing up”, the non-straight child “grows sideways” [1] through life-long, lateral interactions between childhood motivations and adult identifications. For Bond, queer children “grow meanings by putting people and things rather oddly besides themselves” [2].

Schliebener’s site-specific installation grows between two- and three-dimensional surfaces and grows across HACHE Gallery’s two connected rooms. In one room, over five-dozen drawings-on-collage will line the walls in a consistent, clean line; in the other room, the icons expand in in scale, density, and repetition. A range of found objects are modified and arranged against bright pink walls.

In the drawings-on-collage, the artist culls content from found coloring books, Disney cartoons, and manners guides to create both a personal lexicon and a disjointed narrative exploring identity formation and erotic curiosity. Schliebener’s idiosyncratic choices, such as her playful placement of Thrift Store objects, intuitive cutting of printed material into shapes by hand, ambiguous and organic accents drawn in ink, and surprising reconfiguration of recognizable body parts or icons, challenge preconceived or recognizable associations. Her deliberate use of negative space invites viewers to project their own experiences and provide their own content.

By exploring the limits of binaries of masculine and feminine and author and audience, the exhibition questions if gender is prosthetic, time is fluid, and the past is present.

Curated by John Chaich, Growing Sideways debuted at the Bureau of General Services Queer Division bookstore and gallery in New York City in December 2016.



[1] Bond, Kathryn Stockton. Growing Sideways, Or Queer Children in the Twentieth Century. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

[2] Bond, Kathryn Stockton. “Growing Sideways, Or Versions of the Queer Child.” Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children, Ed. Steven Bruhm and Nathasha Hurley. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.



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