Gender Panic is a LGBTQIA+ refugee, immigrant and diasporan collective formed in 2018 in Athens, Greece. Our collective emerged out of an art project, commissioned by the Athens Epidaurus Festival for the Aphrodite* 2018 Film Festival, where we screened our self-produced film T-Shirtaat. Gender Panic developed from this experience as a lasting collective of immigrant, refugee and diasporan people who come together to create political art, (self)-employment, to amplify our voices and support each other.
As Gender Panic we collectively design and up-cycle one-of-a-kind t-shirts screen-printed with slogans engaging with the themes of gender, sexuality, migration, citizenship, borders and inequality to raise awareness of these concerns. Inspiration comes from our own lived experiences of discrimination, exclusion, self-love and self-determination as LGBTQIA+ refugees, diaspora and immigrants residing in Greece. Our products are exhibited and exchanged at festivals, parades, solidarity events and through our global solidarity network.
Our project follows the principles of sustainability, recycling, and anti-capitalism, as well as solidarity, anti-discrimination and inclusion. We host open workshops at our workspace Avelo and at different local organisations, like Safe Place International, a day center for queer refugees and migrants in Athens, and the Feminist Autonomous Centre (FAC), a radical queer-feminist collective based in our neighborhood. These workshops connect different sectors of the refugee and local Greek communities forging affinity networks and movement-building platforms.