Lavender Girls: Coming Out is a documentary about lesbian representation in cinema. Focusing on sapphic presenting films made in the 21st century, artist Monica Mills shares her personal journey and process of abstraction. By immortalising a variety of diverse Coming Out scenes with her paintings, not only are these moments celebrated, but they encourage bravery for future LGBTQIA+ generations. Each story is simultaneously unique and collective. Every queer person has their own coming out story, and each one is important, valid, and should be shared, until we are accepted as equal, and no longer have to come out. These abstract expositions blur the lines of convention - love should never be regulated, and only with more representation will we overcome these archaic attitudes.
Oko! Bistro is supporting queer artists Monica Mills and Joana Merlini who took the time over quarantine to create a documentary about the art of sapphic presenting films. The first documentary focuses on LGBTQ+ history, the context of cinematic codes and how the lack of representation inspired the series of paintings. The initial response was overwhelmingly positive, and encouraged us to delve deeper into each film, discussing the coming out scenes and the personal responses.
The art industry has the potential to connect and inspire courage through creativity, in the same way that the entertainment industry has. Choosing to celebrate and represent every member of the LGBTQIA+ community, rather than relegating us to a category of our own, as if we aren't a part of society, is an important part of political and social change. Until the educational systems across the globe actively and loudly include the queer community, cinema is one of the safest learning spaces where we can feel supported, accepted and loved.
The Lavender Girls painting series will be exhibited daily at Oko! Bistro from 2nd until 8th August.
There will be two screenings of the documentaries from 6pm on 3rd and 8th August, followed by a Q&A with videographer Gigi Green and moderator Denisa Yaka.
For everyone who participates in PRIDE events, you will receive a 10% discount on drinks.
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Oko! Bistro is a new member of Oko! Family. Every weekday we bake homemade bread and pastries, offer a variety of breakfast and brunch items made with fresh and mostly locally sourced ingredients as well as daily lunch specials. On each week-end, a special Brunch menu is prepared to help you indulge just a little more. We prepare, pickle, and ferment as much as we can in house, and sell a variety of our products and pastries as well as a selection of our favorite wines on our e-shop.
COVID-19: To enter this event, you must abide by the following rules. If you don’t stick to them, we unfortunatelly cannot let you in.
- Wear a respirator/nano face mask.
- At the door, produce one of the following:
- negative antigenic test from an official testing site (home-test and a statutory declaration is not sufficient) max. 72 hours old, or
- negative PCR test 7 days old, or
- certificate of full vaccination, i. e. 14 days after the last shot of the vaccine
- certificate on suffering covid-19 in the last 180 days.
To make Pride safe for you, we follow the government measures and the recommendations from the City Health Station. Thank you for helping us too.