Joey Solomon

Study of Cyclical Thoughts On My Leg (USA)

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. His photographs are equal parts of joyful queer expression and a deep well of despair. Solomon’s use of the photographic medium serves as public informer as well as personal catharsis and he continues to visualize motifs surrounding isolation, illness, gayness, inner emptiness and the erosion of our Earth. The current work hones in on Solomon’s left leg and his becoming able bodied again. In a monochrome world of foggy limbo, Joey Solomon suspends reality in each frame on purpose, focusing on questioning form. If nothing else, Solomon’s work serves to affirm a learning process of our tender and dysfunctional species. Disability is a porous state: Age or illness will, in the end, pull most of us in, and technology or medicine may usher us out. The viewer’s eventual ogling becomes an occasion for Solomon to magnify the overlooked pleasures and pains of the afflicted human queer experience.

Joey Solomons Einflüsse sind sowohl akademischer als auch medizinischer Natur. Als offen schwuler Mann mit psychischen Störungen, der einen inneren Beckentumor überlebt hat, plädieren seine Bilder für unsichtbare, innere Höhen und Tiefen. Seine Fotografien handeln zugleich von lebensfroher queerer Selbstverwirklichung und einer tiefen Quelle der Verzweiflung. Solomons nutzt das Medium Fotografie sowohl zur öffentlichen Information als auch zur persönlichen Katharsis. Er visualisiert beständig Motive rund um Isolation, Krankheit, Schwulsein, innere Leere und die Erosion unserer Erde. Die aktuelle Arbeit konzentriert sich auf Solomons linkes Bein und die Wiederherstellung der körperlichen Leistungsfähigkeit des Künstlers. In einer monochromen Welt der nebligen Schwebe verschiebt Joey Solomon mit jedem Frame vorsätzlich die Realität und konzentriert sich auf das Hinterfragen formaler Aspekte. Nicht zuletzt dient Solomons Arbeit dazu, einen Lernprozess unserer »zarten und dysfunktionalen Spezies« zu ermutigen. »Behinderung ist ein poröser Zustand: Alter oder Krankheit werden am Ende die meisten von uns in ihren Bann ziehen, Technologie oder Medizin können uns herausführen.« Das Glotzen des Publikums ist für Solomon die Gelegenheit, übersehene Freuden und Schmerzen einer »belasteten menschlichen und queeren Erfahrung« sichtbar zu machen.

Anne-Sophie Guillet​ – Together

»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.

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Camila Falcão – Across in Between and Beyond

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.

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Meghan Marin – Thinking of U

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.

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Mia Vasquez – Audiovisual Cuir

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.

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Sarah Mei Herman​ – Touch

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.

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Sabrina Weniger – Jasmine the Lovebird

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.

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Shirin Bhandari – The Show Goes On

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.

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Simon Emond – Reshaping the Sky

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.

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Ziyu Wang – Go Get´em Boy

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.

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