Heroic stories of passion & acceptance.
LGBTQ people often find ourselves equal parts credited and accused of igniting social change – from civil rights to gentrification, it is easy to project polemic onto such a diverse group – a group who still rankle and illuminate the darkened corners of love.
While myths of beauty and ideas around body shape, fitness, even obesity are hotly debated in mainstream culture, some people have found acceptance in new movements, formed new alliances and set in motion new ideas, they are "LOVED."
Whilst we perform various versions of ourselves, beneath the surface there are shared anxieties and personal truths. LOVED is about looking at those emotions, about finding out what we are, and exploring the inter-sectional realities of our identities.
“I didn’t know what I wanted, but I knew who I wanted to meet. And I didn’t know they were called Bears at the time. I went to a bar and stood there for two hours and no one spoke to me. At home in Nigeria that would never happen. The moment you walk in a stranger would talk with you, drink with you. But I learned.” – Excerpt from LOVED
A gallery collaboration between two artists, visual artist Charlie Hunter and sound designer and film maker Mike Wyeld. The installation is an exploration of (sexual) identity. The prints show the outward signs of bear identity; the sound installation and technical elements open up the details of this (now global) community to scrutiny – the sitters and others discuss what a “bear” might be.