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The Institute of Queer Ecology

United States

The Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO) is a collaborative organism looking to find and create alternatives. The solutions to environmental degradation are found on the periphery and we seek to bring them to the forefront of public consciousness. Guided by queer and feminist theory and decolonial thinking, we work 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. 


We 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. We pass as an Institute as a means of infiltration: mimicking the academic model to support subversive ideas. 


Our mission is to make space for collectively imagining an equitable, multispecies future. With interdisciplinary programming that oscillates between curating exhibitions and directly producing artworks/projects, the Institute of Queer Ecology enacts utopia with a goal towards building a future that prioritizes a (bio)diverse world. 



The Institute of Queer Ecology was founded in 2017 by Lee Pivnik and is currently supported by an evolving cohort of collaborators. Past or current programming has been made possible with help from Nicolas Baird, David Kim, Allyson Church, Greta Skagerlind, Nikki Juen, Jake Sillen, Mika Rottenberg, Som Bhatt, Micah Schippa and so many others.