LHBTQI-perspektiv och kulturarv. Aspekter på urval, överväganden och tillrättalägganden

Bodil Axelsson, Karl-Emil Åkerö


Today museums strive to include LHBTQI perspectives in exhibitions and audience development, as well as in the collections. This article is an attempt to explore three cases of archiving LHBTQI memories and experiences. We use a broad definition of “archiving” to also include digital collections, exhibitions and social media so as to investigate different approaches. The first case we approach is the website Unstraight Museum where we bring to the surface the ways in which its digital collection creates a collective memory, makes LHBTQI experiences visible and queer the official heritage. Our second case is the Museum of World Culture’s exhibition Playground. Here we bring the attention to the ways in wich curatorial themes such as love and family invite straight people to identify with unstraight experiences. Our last case is activists’ blogs at the web platform Tumblr, which we here view as an archive, waiting to be explored by cultural historians. For now it is temporary and ephemeral, in two respects. Firstly, the flows are constantly updated and thereby changing. Secondly, there is no guarantee that posts and accounts will be saved for the future.


museums; LHBTQI, archiving; queer; ephemeral; unstraight; Tumblr

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/nm.4483


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