Tim & Candra is part of #TheGalleryProject. #TheGalleryProject includes artworks from 47 artists from 27 different countries. Each work reflects a unique perspective and as a whole, the exhibition series refuses to present a standardized narrative. Rather, it becomes clear that being queer means something different to each artist, whether sexually, politically, or aesthetically.

Each artist represented in the exhibition has developed their own strategies for coping with their lived realities and addressing (or not addressing) them in their art. The works displays sex, fragility, anger, courage, hope, nihilism, strength, fear, and beauty.

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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).

I like to take pictures. Since i’m really bad with gadgets, I’m using my phone camera to capture moments. I don’t let my limitation in tools become an obstruction for my passion.

Many thanks to friends around me who helped me out during this project. Believe me, it’s not easy to find people that are willing to take naked pictures, providing a safe place for the photo shoot, and editing without being judgemental and offended. Thanks!

About the artwork:

In my series here, I’d like to share my feelings about my body (beauty standards & sexuality), things that have been trying to destroy me (religion) and my way to destroy it through artworks.

The process is not that easy since I have to find empty spots, and friends who are willing to take naked pics of me to edit them without prejudice. Not to mention the technical fun taking pics with a phone!

I choose black, white, grey, and red to express the darkness, hopes, ambiguity, and power that are represented in each image, hoping you get what I mean. 🙂 Also on my part (Tim) I made some kind of story for each photo, hoping you will understand a bit of my journey.

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Tim & Candra would love to hear from you. If you want to get in touch send an email to tqu [at] me.com and we will forward the email to them.

And please support Candra’s reassignment surgery fund!