lou liska lives / works as a gender-queer being in vienna. visual art is the main driver of artistic expression, with a focus on painting, performance and photo/video art. human development and human ecology are further sources of inspiration.
lou uses the desire that drives a body and the pleasure that nurtures a body, together with the body, as an important breeding ground for artistic expression. the artistic work positions itself within social, economic and political power dynamics, as well as questions of identity formation and the struggle for self-definition and self-empowerment. the object-oriented, colourful, figurative and diagrammatic style often picks up on unspoken tensions, fears, but also hopes of modern societies.
a particular interest of mine is the tension between processes of becoming and processes of unbecoming, referring to the work of French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. becoming for me means becoming what drives and nurtures me, thus giving my desire and pleasure a form. unbecoming means being aware of my limiting beliefs so that I can take heart in exploring unknown territory.
i’m concerned with queer as a strategy for radical openness while being centred in myself and with queer as a subversive strategy to disclose and undermine societal, economical and political structures and inequalities of power and dominance.