*Pay It No Mind – queer night at De…

*Pay It No Mind – queer night at De Appel

de Appel, Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam

*Pay It No Mind – queer night at De Appel
Museum night 2019

Celebrating non-binary identities and transgender activism at De Appel.

During Museum night we highlight the stories of two world famous transgender activists at the table of Patricia Kaersenhout’s Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Too? Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera fought for civil rights and played a vital role in the Stonewall riots, 50 years ago, which produced the first pride marches in 1970. The “P.” in Marsha P. Johnson’s name famously stands for ‘Pay it no mind’, something she would tell people who attacked her for not being gender conforming.

The night is dedicated to non-binary identities and queer people of colour. Together we honor the fight and struggles of transgender women from the past but also from the present, through queer stories, music, vogue performances and a drag workshop! We are so happy with the amazing people who are part of our program and a huge thank you goes to: Trans United, House of Vineyard the first ballroom house in the Netherlands, Wantee Teelapa & Shishani, Patricia Kaersenhout and the famous Amsterdam drag queens Miss Envy Peru & Nancy Goreng!

Join us in celebrating our queer bodies and identities as a form of protest!



20:30 – 23:00 DRAG WORKSHOP by Envy Peru

20:00 – 00:00 MUSIC by Nancy Goreng

21:00- 21:30 QUEER STORIES with BeyonG Veldkamp & Alejandra Ortiz


22:30 – 23:15 QUEER STORIES Wantee Teelapa & Shishani (Introduction by artist Patricia Kaersenhout)

23:00 –23:45 Lip sync performance by Envy Peru

All night, 19:00 – 02:00: De Appel Archive presents video’s from previous performances and exhibitions of artists who’s work is rethinking identity and gender presentation.



Workshop: Drag Yourself
20:30 – 23:00
Lip Sync performance

Miss Envy Peru, known through tv-show De diva in mij (the diva in me), challenges conventional gender classifications and shows us other ways of being! Bring your own make-up and fabulous outfit to experience your self beyond gender, age, or other restricting categories, while learning about the value of drag for society. Discover who you really want to be and shine!

Queer Stories: BeyonG Veldkamp en Alejandra Ortiz
21:00 – 21:30

The fight for gay and transgender rights by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in New York spread around the world. BeyonG Veldkamp and Alejandra Ortiz also became inspired. These two prominent transgender activists tell us about their struggle in the Netherlands, connecting their stories with the stories of Marsha and Sylvia, and share related music.

Performance: House of Vineyard
22:00 – 22:30

How do you use your body for protest? Vogue! House of Vineyard is the first ballroom house in the Netherlands founded by mother Amber. Dressed in tight pink, glitter, necklaces, wigs and more, the dancers show us how it’s done. They subvert ideas around gender and through their performance make a connection to the exhibition Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Too? by Patricia Kaersenhout.

Queer Stories: Shishani Vranckx & Wantee Teelapa
22:30 – 23:00

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera’s activism also inspired Shishani Vranckx and Wantee Teelapa. They share their stories about how activism in the US has influenced people in the African context. They will share stories and music. During their session, you can listen to the song Minderheid (Minority) by Shishani, which became an anthem for the queer LGBTQI+ community in Namibia.

MUSIC by Nancy Goreng

Miss Nancy Goreng, the hottest Amsterdam queen of nasi goreng who doesn’t think in boxes but mixes music and cultures as there they have always been. During the night Nancy will play music from inspiring women of colour who will shake our bodies until we drop.

ALL NIGHT De Appel Archive presentation

Departing from the subjects of identity, gender and forms of representation, De Appel archive will screen two videos:
- Portrait of Robbie (date unknown) by Joshua Janssen a video of a man putting on make-up in a mirror image.
- Solarium by Luciano Castelli is a video documentation of Castelli’s exhibition at De Appel (1975), which reflects on themes as gender, sex, and identity. The photos in the video show men and women, photographed in various positions. They have dark eyes, thin, bodies, pale as
wax, bright-red mouths, and spiky hair. But not all of them are what they seem to be.

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(video archive, Luciano Castelli)

For more information on Museum Night, visit Museumnacht Amsterdam
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