From genetics to allyship: how queer culture changed the family portrait
A new exhibition, Kindred Solidarities, offers a perspective on how LGBTQ+ people have rewritten traditional ideas of family
of the series. “Gender and hierarchical norms are enforced through the family, and the act is rehearsed much like a script to a dramatic play.”Diamond’s video is featured in a new exhibition that seeks to flip the script on family life:Kindred Solidarities: Queer Community and Chosen Families
, which opened at the 8th Floor Gallery in Manhattan last Thursday and is on view through January, features more than a dozen mixed-media works that highlight an expanded notion of family – one that derives from queer culture, and is defined by allyship rather than genetics.
“This self-selection of family … comes from, a lot of times, necessity, but can grow into this absolutely wonderful safety net for people,” said Anjuli Nanda Diamond, who co-curated the exhibit with George Bolster.Andrea Geyer, Constellations (Alice B Toklas and Gertrude Stein with Pepe and Basket). headtopics.com
Photograph: Photo by Stan Narten / JSP Art PhotographyMany of the artists whose works are featured identify as LGBTQ+ themselves, and all are allies to LGBTQ+ people, according to the co-curators. These identities and allyships shape the artists’ depictions of, and commitments to, their LGBTQ+ subjects: “They’re not documenting or reflecting from an outsider perspective, there isn’t a sense of othering of their subjects – they’re embedded within these communities,” Nanda Diamond said.
As a result, she added, “you see this will and commitment to community” in the works – some of which seek to forge connections to marginalized people across time.Through Andrea Geyer’sConstellations Read more: The Guardian »
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