»Together« is an evolving series of portraits. Guillets approach is both introspective and contemplative. With her work, the artist questions and criticizes the »sentimental norm«: traditional definitions of love relationships. The selected portraits deconstruct these traditional definitions in a contemporary way. Guillet shows her protagonists as accomplices: tender, affectionate, but deviating from traditional phenomenons such as possessiveness, exclusivity, gender binary and romantic love. The shown persons and couples create their own reference system of empowerment, transparency, autonomy and compassion. With her work, the artist encourages people not to project their own convictions onto others. »Together« is a strong visual statement for the peaceful coexistence of the most diverse types of relationships. »Let them live as they please.«
»Together« ist eine sich beständig weiterentwickelnde Porträtserie. Guillets Ansatz ist sowohl introspektiv als auch kontemplativ. Mit ihrer Arbeit hinterfragt und kritisiert die Künstlerin die »sentimentale Norm«: traditionelle Definitionen von Liebesbeziehungen. Die ausgewählten Porträts dekonstruieren diese traditionellen Definitionen auf zeitgemäße Weise. Guillets zeigt ihre Protagonist*innen als Kompliz*innen: zärtlich, liebevoll, aber abweichend von traditionellen Phänomenen wie Besitzgier, Exklusivität, Geschlechterbinarität und romantischer Liebe. Die gezeigten Paare und Personen schaffen sich ihr eigenes Wertesystem aus Empowerment, Transparenz, Autonomie und Mitgefühl. Mit ihrer Arbeit ermutigt die Künstlerin dazu, eigene Überzeugungen nicht auf andere zu projizieren. »Together« ist ein starkes visuelles Statement für das friedliche Miteinander unterschiedlichster Beziehungsformen. »Lasst sie leben, wie es ihnen gefällt.«
In this series of portraits, Camila Falcão researches gender and sexuality in an anti-patriarchal and collaborative approach. Her protagonists are members of a young non-binary community in Brazil. These Portraits are taken in home environments with natural light and always on eye level with both the protagnists and the audience. Camila Falcão shows a diverse range of queer people and bodies.
Joey Solomon’s influences are both academic and medical. As an openly gay man with mental disorders who has survived an internal pelvic tumor, his images advocate for invisible, internal highs and lows.
Meghan Marin describes her work Thinking of U (2020-present) as a „testament to the love and strength my queer friends give to me and our chosen families.“ Her portraits are simple and intimate, their authenticity and warmth are fueled by a collaborative approach.
In Audiovisual Cuir, Mia Vasquez documents the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people as well as her own state of being. She shows us „what it means to exist and live in the social climate of Dominican Republic: Filled with religious and traditional views but slowly seeing a destabilization of the cis-heteronormative binary.
Sarah Mei Herman started this long-term project in 2014 during an artist residency on the Chinese coastal city island of Xiamen. Rather than focusing on cultural differences, Sarah Mei Herman explores aspects that are universally recognizable: the importance of friendship and love.
In a reduced aesthetic influenced by the new German photography, Sabrina Weniger lets us participate in a phase of her protagonist’s life. Through the collaborative approach, we feel Chieh’s calm determination to align the outer body with the inner body.
In her long term documentation, Shirin Bhandari makes friends with the Golden Gays, a group of elderly drag performers in Manila. Her intimate snapshot portraits and dressing room scenes initiate a visual and emotional understanding for the lives, relationships and community of her protagonists.
Simon Emond set out to meet queer communities living in remote areas far away from large cities. His grainy, blurred and almost abstract images illustrate a personal journey that leads in different directions at the same time: Outwards, inwards, into the dark and towards the light, up to the sky and down to earth.
Ziyu Wang questions the societal pressure on men to perform their masculinity. He skillfully accomplishes this through the staged visualization of expectations that his father has of him. In „Go get´em, boy!“ the audience takes on the role of the elders of the family to examine the images of manhood Ziyu Wang has created for his father.