Nathan Johnson

Queer Goggles (UK)

The term »rose-tinted glasses« is often used to describe the perspective of people who see elements of the past as better and superior. Queer goggles are a whole different kind of »rose-tinted glasses.« Nathan Johnson challenges the cis-heteronormative belief that queer identities are both a modern concept and incompatible with family settings. Through the collage of archive and modern photographs, the artist transforms banal images of traditional family life into a queer utopia. Viewers can look through »rose- tinted glasses« into a fictional past that includes the wonderful and at times strange world of gay subculture. In this way, the artist ascribes a central role within family structures to queer people. He both points to the erasure of queer identity in family photo archives and reverses that erasure, creating a multitude of visibly gratifying »queer Kodak moments.«

Der Begriff »rosarote Brille« wird oft verwendet, um die Sichtweise von Menschen zu beschreiben, die Elemente der Vergangenheit als besser und überlegen ansehen. Queer Goggles ist eine ganz andere Art von »rosaroter Brille«. Nathan Johnson stellt die cis-heteronormative Überzeugung in Frage, dass queere Identitäten sowohl ein modernes Konzept als auch unvereinbar mit familiären Umgebungen sind. Durch die Collage von Archiv- und modernen Fotografien verwandelt der Künstler banale Bilder des traditionellen Familienlebens in eine queere Utopie. Die Betrachter*innen können durch eine »rosarote Brille« in eine fiktive Vergangenheit blicken, die die wunderbare und bisweilen seltsame Welt der schwulen Subkultur inkludiert. Auf diese Weise schreibt der Künstler queeren Menschen eine zentrale Rolle innerhalb von Familienstrukturen zu. Er weist auf die Auslöschung der queeren Identität in Familienfotoarchiven hin und macht diese Auslöschung gleichzeitig rückgängig, wodurch eine Vielzahl von sichtbar erfreulichen »queeren Kodak-Momenten« entsteht.

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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