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Rurru Mipanochia – Drawing

Rurru Mipanochia

About the artwork:

The main purpose of this project is to achieve that the audience could recognize itself in the face, body and sexuality of what is mostly called “the other”. This bond is to be created through my work, which consists mainly in a graphic and personal reinterpretation of Mexican pre-Columbian myths about sexuality.

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#TheGalleryProject: Exhibition N°1 – Tallinn, Estonia

10.03.-24.03.2017

Where? Raamatupood Puänt Pärnu mnt 4, Tallinn, Estonia
Open:  Monday-Friday: 11am – 7pm and Saturday+Sunday 12am – 6pm

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Tim & Candra – Photography

Tim & Candra

About the artist:

I am ANGRY! Bloody ANGRY! But I know being angry all the time won’t make things easier. Living in the most populous Moslem country; Indonesia, makes it hard for me to be ME. Too much religious and cultural taboos, restrictions, regulations and norms that I can not follow and relate to.

Being an activist, bisexual & atheist is a perfect disaster recipe. The option is whether you follow their rules and nobody bothers you, or to be yourself and you get fucked! And I’m somewhere in between. I’m not completely able to be myself yet. This is similar for my best friend; Candra. A trans person who fights everyday to be herself and to reach her dream to have Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS).
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Ihar Paulau – Photography

Ihar Paulau

About the artist:

Ihar Paulau began taking photographs as a child in Belarus, but shelved his camera when he pursued painting in art school. He went on to study humanities and design at university before returning to photography in 2013. Inspired by social situations and the natural emotions of people, Ihar travels across Europe snapping unique moments that often go unnoticed. His series, “Without a Mask,” was the winner of the inaugural “Freedom of (Self-) Expression” competition.
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Oleksandra Lychak – Mixed Media Art

Oleksandra Lychak

About the artwork:

My work is about the formation of female sexuality, freedom and violence – physical, sexual, psychological. Violence as a lack of freedom to be themselves as violent stereotypes. I used the media for personal belongings – clothes, lingerie.

For me it is important that in my works is a lot of corporeality. Corporeality as a manifestation of the unconscious. Abstract expressive strokes of paint is a manifestation of freedom, perhaps you will associate it of something else – blood or feces. It’s something like when a child wants to be dirty in the dirt or feces. They do not understand wether it is good or bad, they are only children and it is only creativity for for them.
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Deborah Schmidt – Paintings

Deborah Schmidt

About the artwork:

The focus of my painting is movement and queer-feminist body politics.

Bodies are products of social norms, inherent in power and hierarchies, economic relations, body politics. The aim of my work is the attempt to uncover processes of constructing gender and sexuality. In doing so I question the order of binary gender constructions and the heteronormative focus on the body and try to break with gender stereotypes.

My work also addresses the political terms of migration and racism in German society.
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Hagra – drawing/illustration

Hagra Illustration

About the artist and artwork:

Hey! My name is Hagra. I’m an artist and illustrator from Russia, Tatarstan. Sometimes I participate in exhibitions in my country and abroad. But most important for me is to show my work on the Internet, because I believe the Internet is one of the most democratic platforms.

I‘m a feminist, transgender man and pansexual. And I draw people like me for people like me 🙂 So the main theme of my work is queer sexuality, gender identity, different types of discrimination and classism.

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Glow – Performance and self expression as queer activism/visibility through Photography

Vusi Jabulani Makatsi

About the artist:

I go by the name Glow, and I am 23 years old going through a midlife crisis. But trust me I still deliver like a midwife. lol.

I’m anthropology graduate with a psychology post-grad honours degree. I am incredibly passionate about transforming the world into a more inclusive space to live, for that would mean myself, along with many other gendered people can live in a safe world without prejudice, hate crimes rooted in senselessness.

My modes of transforming this world include fashion as a form of communication, a language wherein I can address issues of gender, identity, while simultaneously challenging other peoples conceptions of the term.

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Felix d’Eon – Drawings

Felix d'Eon

About the artist:

Felix was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to a French father and a Mexican mother.

At a very young age, he and his family moved to Southern California, where he spent most of his childhood and adolescence. He attended college at the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, and subsequently lived in San Francisco until 2010, when he returned to his native Mexico.

He now lives in Mexico City with his mini schnauzer, Caperucita Satori. While home is now Mexico, he travels extensively, and has lived at various times in Florence, Tennessee, Bangkok, Oahu, New Orleans, and in various cities around Mexico.
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Kamee Abrahamian – Mixed Media Art

kamee-abrahamian

About the artwork:

My intention is to disrupt the status quo; to create work that digs into and unsilences a millefeuille of lost or untold stories, both ancestral and contemporary; and to dialogue with the unmapped, oppressed, and stagnant inside self and community.

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Musa Al-Shadeedi – Collage/Photography

About the artist and artwork:

Musa (b. 1992 Baghdad) lived his childhood under the regime of Saddam Hussein and the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party. At the age of eleven, US forces invaded Iraq under the guise of regime change and freeing the Iraqi people from authoritarian rule.

The liberty that was promised to them never came and the painful reality of these experiences influenced Musa in various ways.
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Suriani – Street Art

About the artist:

I was born and raised in São Paulo. In 2002 while studying Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo, I felt the need to relate to the city through art. I found in graffiti and collages an effective and transgressive way to live the city. In 2007 I moved to Paris to start a masters degree in Fine Arts at the Université Paris VIII. Since then I have integrated the local street art scene.
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Satadru – Multidisciplinary Art

satadru_sculptures

About the artist:

I am Satadru, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Delhi. I completed my M.F.A. in 2000 at Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India. I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of California UCSC, DANM and I did my project there in New Media Art.

My work takes shape in varying formats and it is focusing on the gender topography of South Asia.
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Cambodian LGBT Comes Out of the Shadows

Cambodian LGBT Comes Out of the Shadows

Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is coming out with an assertion of unprecedented pride, in stark contrast to just five years ago when discrimination and bullying were usually endured in private

Source: www.voanews.com/a/cambodia-lgbt-comes-out-of-the-shadows/3775116.html

Interview with FELGTB

​Interview about #TheGalleryProject on FELGTB

“#TheGalleryProject is a transnational repository of queer art open to everyone. Collages, comics, paintings, photographs, performances and installations –among other formats– participate in such an open project that seeks to question Western ethnocentrism within the arts. #TheGalleryProject is part of TQU –Transnational Queer Underground–, whose main aim is to rewrite the narrations of history dominated by white men. We interview TQU’s creator, Verena.

First of all, I read that you were doing research on queer music when you came up with the idea for the Transnational Queer Underground. Besides Johnston’s IPU, what where your influences and aims when starting this project?
One story that influenced me was how Toronto-based zine J.D.s came together. Bruce LaBruce (now mostly known for his films) and G.B. Jones (an artist, filmmaker and musician) were frustrated with being the only queers in a male dominated punk scene as well as being the only punks in a very mainstream oriented gay scene in the 1990s. They started a zine called J.D.s which included a mixtape of music called queercore, sent it to a bunch of people around the world, and soon enough everybody thought queercore was actually a thing and queer punk scenes began to emerge all around Northern America and Europe. Hearing that encouraged me to never dream too small and made me realize that it’s up to me (and you) to make the change that we want to see in the world.”

Source: felgtb.org

KMT – Painting

kiss my tribe

About the artist:

Works and lives in Ghent, Belgium. Studied Fashion & Textiles Design, but three years into the course he discovered that he was more into creating characters in their own habitats on paper rather than constructing real garments. His fashion inspired illustrations morphed over time into paintings.
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Melanie Menard – Photography/Video/Performance

Melanie Menard

About the artist:

I work across photography, video, digital, and performance. My main interests are the tensions between the individual and the place and circumstances they inhabit, and the human mind in conflict with itself.

My photographs are taken using available light and minimal post-processing. My videos are precisely composed and edited in order to achieve a coherent cinematic mood that traps the viewer inside a particular subjective experience.
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Jespa Jacob Smith – Drawing/Painting/Video

Jespa Jacob Smith

About the artist:

Jespa Jacob Smith is a DIY-visual artist and poet. Their work focusses on transitional and surreal situations as well as language and the way we try to use it to bridge the space between each other as well as ourselves and our thoughts. Their art and poetry is informed but not limited to experiences of gender and trans oppression, marginalisation and privileges, and depression.
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Dana Krusche – Drawing/Illustration

Dana Krusche

About the artist:

I am an illustrator and graphic designer in Berlin. In the past years I designed websites, flyer, poster, record covers, t-shirts etc. for queer/ feminist projects, artists & musicians and festivals like several Ladyfests, Berlin Queer Festival, Up Your Ears! and more. I am a happy half of Ethical Sloth, a queer DIY comic zine.
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Whorgane Madbled – performance/drawing/mixed media

Whorgane Madbled

About the artist:

Whorgane Madbled is shy, lonely and powerful. This person has a few names and never finished a degree somewhere – but is always and still learning some creepy mediums and crazy pogo steps. They don’t have
the technique of synthesis, so it’s not a couple of lines which follow each other, but a couple of minds: Dancer still in my mother’s belly, when I’m not totally jailed in it I use my bodie as a tool to express the magnificent freedom I feel by moving on barbed swings.
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Helen – Painting

Frances Enyedy

About the artist:

My name is Helen – this is a pseudonym, because I would like to remain anonymous in this exhibition. I was born in the south of Russia and I am 25 years old.

I went to College to study Design and to University to become a Design teacher. I’ve been painting for more than 10 years. My work has been shown in local, regional and interregional exhibitions. I work in the style of expressionism and abstract expressionism.
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Frances Enyedy – Drawing/Painting

Frances Enyedy

About the artist:

I’m an artist from Canada currently residing in Berlin. Attracted to anything queer, feminist, sensual and obscene, I like to convey these ideas in portraits and figurative works. Art history also informs my aesthetic – for example, queering Orientalist paintings or reproducing Romantic era scenes in a feminist way. Love producing strange cartoons as well.
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Alex Giegold – Photography

Alex Giegold

About the artist:

Alex Giegold is a queer photographer and artist resident in Berlin. With her work she is questioning power structures in visual culture. She systematically engages in phenomena of social normalization. She is also part of the duo Giegold & Weiß.
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Sofia Odintsova – Drawing/Illustration

Sofia Odintsova

About the artist:

I am a graphic designer and have been making illustrations, posters and different projects. Amongst other issues I am actively interested in lessening social inequality in the context of minorities, marginalized groups.
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Ambika Thompson – Photography

Ambika Thompson

About the artist:

Ambika came to Berlin from Toronto in 2003. Since then she’s played in a lot of bands, ran an underground art gallery, written a lot of fiction, and taken a lot of photos. Most of her time these days is spent writing happy queer novels set in the 1980s, being one half of the riot grrrl cello band Razor Cunts, and being the fiction editor of Leopardskin and Limes. When she’s not doing those things she’s usually covered in cats reading a book or trying new vegan recipes that rarely ever seem to work out.
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Giegold & Weiß – Mixed Media/Installation

Giegold & Weiß

About the artists:

Alex Giegold and Tomka Weiß have been working in the field of photography and installation art as an artistic duo since 2011.

Giegold & Weiß picture different perspectives on body politics, non-normative corporealities and sexualities. They shed light on the analysis of forms of discrimination, normalization and visual culture.
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Violetta Fitsner – Drawing

Violetta Fitsner

About the artwork:

I want to express my feelings about different types of discrimination through my artworks. We live in the world where people judge each other because of their differences. If you are gay or you have black skin or something else people will tell you that you are not «normal». I think being a racist is not normal. Being a homophobe is not normal. Hating people because they don’t look like you is not normal. Also you shouldn’t be ashamed about who you are. Don’t change. Being the way that you are is enough.

In my pictures you can see kissing guys, lesbians, «fat» ballerinas and all of them are «normal».
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Umba – Drawings/Comics

Bruce Pak

About the artist:

Umba – this is the place-name in the area in which I grew up, and even a reduction of my name. Under this name I post online my trans and queer work. My name is Karl M. I am a trans man in a homosexual partnership with a trans man, and self-taught artist. Also I am a volunteer of T-Action program (Russia, St. Petersburg), which trans people carry out for trans people. In T-Action I coordinate a project on HIV-prevention among trans people.
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Cherokee Nation Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Cherokee Nation Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

“The right to marry without the freedom to marry the person of one’s choice is no right at all,” the tribe’s attorney general wrote in his decision.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cherokee-nation-will-now-recognize-same-sex-marriage_us_584b061fe4b04c8e2bafca0e?section=politics

Lea Daniel – Illustration

Bruce Pak

About the artist and artwork :

My pseudonym is Lea Daniel. I am a self-taught artist from Russia. I love theatre and art-nouveau black and white graphic. I seek inspiration in horror stories and myths and legends. I`m pansexual but in my country it`s almost a crime to be different from the majority. I hope one day we`ll learn to accept and love each other instead of contributing to hatred and bigotry.
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Bruce Pak – Illustration

Bruce Pak

About the artist:

I am an illustrator and all-around goofball currently living in Seoul, South Korea. Though the country is extremely conservative on LGBT rights, it has inspired me to create artwork that can be shared among the thriving community that we have here. As a gay male I focus mainly on the ideals of masculinity and how they are interpreted in different cultures, mainly between Korea and the West.
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Pakistan’s first transgender model makes debut with stunning photoshoot – The Express Tribune

Pakistan’s first transgender model makes debut with stunning photoshoot – The Express Tribune

Pakistan’s first trans model wishes to eradicate the stereotyping attached to the taboo.

Source: tribune.com.pk/story/1246927/pakistans-first-transgender-model-makes-debut-stunning-photoshoot/

A new Google project is unearthing the untold stories of India’s female pioneers

A new Google project is unearthing the untold stories of India’s female pioneers

The rich history of women in India, from enterprising royals and grassroots activists to poets, artists and scientists.

““Men dominate history because they write it,” the British author Rosalind Miles explained in her 1988 book Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The Women’s History of the World. And that stands true for India, too, where the stories of pioneering women are often an afterthought in history classes.

Source: qz.com/842363/google-art-culture-virtual-exhibitions-reveal-the-untold-stories-of-indias-female-pioneers/

Narong Tintamusik – Drawing and Painting

Narong Tintamusik

About the artwork:

The thoughts about contracting venereal disease lingers within me. To have both sexual anxiety and the need to satisfy my desires became the basis of my work. While indulging in pornography, I was able to live my life vicariously. With no real physical contact when it comes to viewing explicit media, I enter a free world. To obtain personal fulfillment and liberation, I create a body of work that depicts figures having sex shamelessly. Themes of indulgence, sexual freedom, and fear permeate my art. The figures, bold and indifferent, contains the qualities that I lack. They are truly what I am not and what I want to be. My own insecurities caused the sexual imagery to contain a taste of violence. Yet, this very depravity is what gives me the confidence in myself.

I hope my viewers are able to feel a sense of liberation and freedom after viewing my art. The more I create my works, the more I feel comfortable about my sexuality. For those like me who have not fully experienced sex to the fullest, I wish the art may open a door or two to many more.
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A queer film festival comes to Uganda

A queer film festival comes to Uganda — where homosexuality is illegal

This December, several hundred film fans from around the world are expected to gather in Kampala, Uganda. There will be no red carpet, no palm trees, and no billboards, just a series of text messages directing the guests to a series of otherwise undisclosed locations. Welcome to the Queer Kampala…

Source: news.vice.com/story/a-queer-film-festival-comes-to-uganda-where-homosexuality-is-illegal

Lee Fleming – Mixed Media Paintings

Lee Fleming

About the artist:

Lee Fleming is a New Orleans-born genderqueer activist, academic, graphic designer, and multi-media artist.

Lee’s art centers on the celebration of black beauty, afro-textured hair, and queer blackness.

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HOLAA!: Revisiting the essay ‘Homosexuality is ‘unafrican’ in pre-colonial history’

HOLAA!: Revisiting the essay ‘Homosexuality is ‘unafrican’ in pre-colonial history’

“…there is this amazing history of women loving women in Afro-Surinamese culture. After reading The Politics of Passion I can’t help but wonder if the exact same thing doesn’t apply to the West African context.

  • A historical heritage where sexuality was understood as behaviour and as part of a person’s dynamic complexity. Where people saw no need to “come out” as who they had sex with was behaviour and not an identity,
  • The appearance of colonialism disrupting not only ideas of spirituality and the transmission of knowledge, but also of sexuality,
  • The distancing of ideas, philosophies and practices associated with “backward” pre-colonial Africa in favour of “forward” European thought by middle-class, colonial and post-colonial Africans,
  • The adoption of a “global” LGBT identity by queer Africans accompanied by the rejection of this identity by post-colonial Africans, both disconnected from the historical understanding of sexuality.”

Source: http://holaafrica.org/2016/11/07/revisiting-the-essay-homosexuality-is-unafrican-in-pre-colonial-history/

 

NWarrior – Comics

NWarrior Comics

About the artist:

I am NWarrior, I love art and my goal of life is to become good human.

I love to draw, and my art is a very huge part of my life. My art was with me in every phase of my path, and drawing is the most important instrument for me to learn about life and myself and, of course, to get to my goal.

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Kumu Hina – A Place In The Middle

Kumu Hina – A Place In the Middle

“KUMU HINA is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.”

Source: kumuhina.com/

Queer Haitians Find a Refuge in Vodou

Queer Haitians Find a Refuge in Vodou

Feared and denigrated by members of other faiths, Haitian Vodou is a far cry from the zombie-raising cult of a thousand horror films — and it’s also the only welcoming place for many LGBT Haitians.

Source: www.advocate.com/current-issue/2016/10/31/why-queer-haitians-are-turning-vodou