Queer Approaches to Lena Platonos

Ieropoulos, Fil (2018) Queer Approaches to Lena Platonos. [Performance]

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Lena Platonos has been seminal for the Greek queer community since the ’80s. Both her lyrics, which express distinct, often lonely subjectivities, and her peculiar theatrical electronic music, keep on enchanting and inspiring queer music scenes and collectives. Platonos’ music is often described as “odd,” “strange,” “quirky”. The English word “queer” can also be translated as “odd” or “strange”. The same word is also known as the derogatory term (equivalent to “abnormal” in Greek), reclaimed by a radical part of LGBT activists in the late 1980s, against the prevailing discourse about normativity and the politics of “not being provocative”. In Greece, the term started being used from the mid-2000s onwards, initially by various collectives, with a critical, interdisciplinary and anti-authoritarian political stance. What do we mean, then, when we talk about “Lena Platonos’ queer readings”? Do we mean that Platonos’ music is “quirky”? That it is “abnormal”? Or that it is preferred by “strange” people because it is “odd”?

Item Type: Performance
Keywords: Lena Platonos, Greek Queer Community,
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 09:58
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:58
URI: https://bnu.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17760

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