N * A * I * L * S - hacks*facts*fictions has been initiated in 2018 by Ayşe Güleç, Suza Husse and Katja Kobolt as a collaborative research project with Anisha Müller, Anna Ehrenstein, Ayşe Güleç, DAMN! / Deutsche Asiat*innen, Make Noise!, Dovilė Aleksaitė, Ekaterina Reinbold, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Inia Steinbach, Isabel Gatzke, Jana Koslovski, Jinran Ha, Johanna Michel, Katja Kobolt, Kim Bode, Liane Aviram, Mareike Bernien, Nanna Lüth, Nguyen Phuong Linh, Sugano Matsusaki, Suza Husse, Thao Ho, Yen Le / Le Nails Education Centre Berlin and Vicky Truong
N*A*I*L*S hacks*facts*fictions is a research group of beauticians; artists; care, cultural and social workers; activists; learners; translators; educators; and curators working in different constellations and partnerships depending on the occasion and context. As an artistic platform for critical body and care cultures, N*A*I*L*S thinks of the nail art/cosmetic salon as a queer site of critical, trans*cultural practices and solidarity connections.
In 2019 the N * A * I * L * S collective gathered different contributions that imagine the nail salon as a queer site of critical, trans-cultural practices and intersectional care politics in a magazine. Through the collected essays, interviews, collages and art works, nails are approached as a collective interface for getting in touch with the conditions liquefied in nail aesthetics and embodied in care work. The magazine was launched at DISTRICT Berlin.
The exhibition no stop non stop (2018) was the groups first travel to get in touch with Munichs public. In architectural structures, objects, videos, and encounters questions arise about queer potentials, economies, and identities, tired hegemonies and equal emancipation. During the exhibition, exchanges between artists, activists, and beauticians stay in motion and open themselves to visitors in conversational and manicuring transactions.
Photos at Škuc by Nada Zgank