Works

Some things I’ve been working on lately. If you’re interested in working with me, send me a message.

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Exhibition: Batumi Photo Days

Exhibition: Batumi Photo Days

Batumi Photo Days - MirrorLandThe ArtGora Forum and all the inspiring people I met there had quite an impact on me this year. We stay in touch through email and WhatsApp and one of the participants posted a call for submissions for the Batumi Photo Days - MirrorLand....

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Hello, I’m Verena –

this website is just starting to grow into its existence. It’s an installation – carefully selected pieces of the past and thoughts about the future, attempts of showing reality and fiction; art.

I am looking for ways to contribute in friendly and respectful ways, so that we can all do our best to create more equality and actual freedom. Or wonder together what that means and what that could look like.

Parts of this website are in German only. Please ask if there’s anything that you don’t understand and would like to know more about.

Exhibition: Drawings/Connections

Exhibition: Drawings/Connections

PublicationsExhibition: Drawings/Connections Opening: 14.06.2019 – 7pm, at Frauen*NachtCafé, Mareschstr. 14, 12055 BerlinVerena Spilker is a queer artist from Berlin. Her drawings of animals, landscapes and moments build a connection between the object and the...

Inktober 2018

Inktober 2018

PublicationsInktober 2018 Starting to draw againI’ve been meaning to take up drawing again for a while now, but I find it difficult to allow myself the time for fun things sometimes. I haven’t really been drawing since high school. A birthday card here and there, but...

A window to the world

A window to the world

PublicationsExhibition: A Window to the World Altes Spital Viechtach und Bahnhof Kötzting - 2018Missmatch – taken in Kyrgyzstan 2003 I took this picture in Kyrgyzstan in 2003. I was there for a summer program organized by DAAD to learn about Kyrgyz language and...

S_he’s Amazing! – Dogs Are Amazing!

S_he’s Amazing! – Dogs Are Amazing!

PublicationsS_he's Amazing! The Amazing Zine - published in 2018S_he’s Amazing usually organizes concerts here in Berlin, but they have also just put out their very first zine! I contributed with a digital drawing of my two favorite dogs. And as the topic of the zine...

Leopardskin and Limes: Horses

Leopardskin and Limes: Horses

PublicationsLeopardskin & Limes HORSES a collage comic by Verena Spilker  There was a night where me and a couple of friends met in one of our houses and we all made collages and had some drinks. And a really lovely time. The collages I made somehow ended up...

Fool’s Journey – Wheel Of Fortune

Fool’s Journey – Wheel Of Fortune

PublicationsWheel Of Fortune In: Fools Journey - published in 2018Last September Jane asked me to draw a tarot card to accompany one of her wonderful poems for a book full of poetry and Tarot cards. I felt quite honored. The card was the Wheel Of Fortune and the poem...

Queer Theory – Queer Music. Making an Appearance.

Queer Theory – Queer Music. Making an Appearance.

PublicationsQueer Theory – Queer Music. Making an Appearance. In: Interdisziplinäres Kolloquium zur Geschlechterforschung, 2010Queer Theory – Queer Music. Making an Appearance. Ein musikalischer Auftritt gegen Normativität oder wie aus der Theorie Praxis wird. Verena...

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Lola Magazine: Local Hero

Lola Magazine: Local Hero

PressLola Magazine: Local Hero Local Hero: Verena Spilker On Elevating Opportunities for Artists in Berlin and Beyond Verena Spilker On Elevating Opportunities for Artists in Berlin and BeyondThe TQU founder’s simple advice for those looking to support Berlin’s queer...

Interview: Siegessäule

Interview: Siegessäule

PressInterview: Siegessäule Stirn bieten“Ich habe mich erniedrigt und hilflos geführt”, erzählt die Aktivistin Verena Spilker, als sie, eine lesbische Frau, auf der Straße mal wieder von einem cis Heteromann sexuell belästigt wurde. About Siegessäule Magazin: Juni...

Interview: Gay.ch

Interview: Gay.ch

PressInterview: gay.ch Verena Spilker und ihr Projekt TQU: Vor neun Jahren hat Verena ein Internet-Projekt ins Leben gerufen, dass nicht nur einzigartig ist, sondern auch stätig wächst: Transnational Queer Underground.About gay.ch Magazin: April / Mai 2018 Die etwas...

From the Archives

balm&creak was a radio show hosted at Stadtradio Göttingen, in Germany. We played and talked about our favourite music for an hour every week between 2002 and 2017. You can take a look at the archive and listen to some episodes (in German).

MOM Zine

Make Out Magazine is a queer feminist zine, of which three issues were published between 2012 and 2015. There's Mixtapes, DIY projects, Interviews and more. And you can now see it all here.

Transnational Queer Underground

In 2009, whilst living in Ukraine, I started a website called Transnational Queer Underground. You can read all about what it did and means on the TQU website.

These are my four favorite projects which I organized for TQU:

#TheGalleryProject

More than 50 artists participated in this project and you can see all of their work online. I curated 5 exhibitions with some of the artworks in Tallinn, Sofia, Podgrica, Prague and Berlin.
→ visit #TheGalleryProject

#FacesOfPride

Struggeling with the tension between sellout and necessity of Pride Marches, I interviewed Pride organizers in some regions, that you wouldn't first think of, when it comes to LGBTIQ* Pride.
→ visit #FacesOfPride

OUR_STORY

History has been mostly written by white men. So we set out to write our own: OUR_STORY. Wonderful story submissions that will make you question what you thought you knew.
→ visit OUR_STORY

TQU Photo Competitions

This has been so much fun. One topic and submissions truely from all around the world. It's so wonderful to see so many perspectives and approaches on the same topic together.
→ visit #TheGalleryProject