Nicolas Moufarrege: Mutant International
Nick Mauss
Michael C. Vazquez + Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
Alexandro Segade

While Nicolas Moufarrege’s name all but disappeared following his too-early death, CCA Berlin and Bidoun are committed to bringing attention to his largely unknown body of work, while also using it as a springboard for a broader discussion about art and erasure, queer aesthetics in 20th century art, and the cultural legacies of the AIDS epidemic. On March 12, a public symposium organized by Bidoun featuring Nick Mauss, Michael C. Vazquez (with Kaelen Wilson-Goldie), and Alexandro Segade will offer multiple lenses through which to view Moufarrege’s idiosyncratic oeuvre, in part by speaking to and about the cities in which he lived and worked—storied cosmopolitans enclaves, from 1950s Alexandria to 1960s Beirut, 1970s Paris to 1980s New York. 

The symposium will be held in English. Free entry. No registration required.

Alexandro Segade is an interdisciplinary artist whose queer world-building projects propose speculative group identities through performance, video, installation, comics, and writing. He is a founding member of the group My Barbarian, whose recent 20-year survey exhibition was presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Segade’s writing has appeared in Artforum, Yale Theater Journal, and the NYU Press publication Keywords for Comics; he is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel The Context, published in 2020 by Primary Information. Segade is an Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego. 

Nick Mauss is an artist based in New York. Recent exhibitions include Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc. at Kunsthalle Basel, Transmissions, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Intricate Others at Fundação de Serralves, Porto. Mauss has just opened an exhibition at Barbara Gladstone, Brussels, and a collection of his selected writings is forthcoming this year from After 8 Books, Paris.  

Michael C. Vazquez is a writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun. He was a 2014-2015 Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and continues to be a non-resident fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Africa and African American research at Harvard. Before Bidoun, he was the editor of Transition: An International Review.

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie is a critic based in Beirut and New York. She writes regularly for ArtforumAperture, and Afterall, among other publications. She is the author of Etel Adnan (2018), on the paintings of the Lebanese-American poet Etel Adnan, and Beautiful, Gruesome, and True: Artists at Work in the Face of War (2022), about the work of Amar Kanwar, Teresa Margolles, and Abounaddara. She was a practitioner-in-residence at New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies in 2022 and is a contributing editor of Bidoun.