Conversations about Counter-narratives
- Graphic Design
- Honours/ RASL minor
Conversations about Counter-narratives is a workshop in which we conceptualise counter-narratives that resist homophobic speech, set in the context of Lithuania. It was designed alongside my Erasmus University College (EUC) thesis about online homophobic discourse in Lithuania.
Nominated for the Drempelprijs Autonomous Practices.
The workshop is rooted in research analysing homophobic discourse in Lithuanian online spaces, conducted using critical discourse analysis. The results pointed out certain prevalent themes in the narrative, such as nationalism, westernisation, (in)visibility and propaganda. Yet once we understand how homophobic narratives are constructed, it is imperative to find ways how to mitigate it. Conversations about Counter-narratives works as a space enabling different people to get acquainted with homophobic narratives in a closed environment, and then think of counter-narratives, reclaiming the rhetoric and reimagining it as empowering.
The outcomes of the workshops are collected in an online database, and are presented as tools and methods in occupying public space. This allows the outcomes to live beyond the enclosed space of the workshop, and potentially exist in public spaces. You can access the database here.
This summer I gave the workshop during the Baltic Triennial 14 in the Contemporary Art Centre of Vilnius, which was an insightful and rewarding experience. I also got to organise it during the worldmaking days of the RASL minor with a large group of students who produced many interesting counter-narratives. In the future, I would like to open up more such spaces.