We were there – About

What is We Were There?

In this workshop series we imagine what Gothenburg’s museums might look like if the stories of nonnormative people, of marginalised and oppressed peoples, of border-crossers and of gender defiers were as represented as the powerful favoured by the patriarchy (read: white, rich, upperclass, cis-het, male, able-bodied).

Why do we need We Were There?

LGBTQ+ is a modern phenomenon — but boundary-crossers, norm-breakers and diversity in sexual orientation & gender identity have been recorded throughout written history and across the globe.

Our heritage is constantly being written and rewritten. It affects how we think about who we are and where we come from. But not all stories in our heritage were born equal. What survives has been filtered by the ableism, ageism, classism, queerphobia, racism, sexism and transphobia, which continue to plague our society today. Quite simply, our stories are often hidden, lost or never even recorded in the first place.

But we were there. In this workshop series we are asking: what would Gothenburg’s museums look like if our stories were as proudly present as those of normative and powerful people? In the workshops, participants explore alternative narratives and fabricated historical artefacts to play, experiment and get in touch with both non-normative lives in Gothenburg and their own experiences of the city. 

We’re collaborating with a number of Gothenburg’s museums on this project, of which we can announce Göteborgs Konstmuseum and Göteborgs Stadsmuseum as hosting 2 of our workshops this autumn. Watch this space for more soon.

Does your institution need a queer intervention? Our ears are open, get in touch with us now!

Göteborgs Stadsmuseum

In this workshop, participants will make fake historical objects that will evidence the lives of non-normative people. Drawing on the museum’s on-display collection, participants will explore both their lives as non-normative Gothenburgers and the real and hidden queer histories that surround them.

Göteborgs Konstmuseum

Here participants will write queer and trans alternate histories to works in the museum. Participants will both draw on the hidden queer histories of works in the museum’s collection and use narrative and writing as a way to explore a queer future through an imagined past. The works will then be turned into a publicly available audioguide.