The Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO) is a collaborative, decentralized organism that works to imagine and realize an equitable multispecies future. With interdisciplinary programming that oscillates between curating exhibitions and directly producing artworks/projects, IQECO lays the groundwork for a (bio)diverse utopia. The collective looks to find and create alternatives guided by queer and feminist theory and decolonial thinking. IQECO works to undo dangerously destructive human-centric hierarchies—or even flip them—to look at the critical importance of things happening invisibly; underground and out of sight. They seek to democratize the production and reception of artistic research so that marginalized voices are given the space to tell their own stories, and audiences that have been historically excluded from institutions are invited into this one. IQECO passes as an “institute” as a means of infiltration: mimicking the academic model to support subversive ideas.
As of October 2020