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Zanele Muholi (ZA, b. 1972)
Zanele Muholi is an award-winning South African photographer whose work reflects
black lesbian identity. She has documented stories of hate crimes against the queer
community to bring forth the realities of “corrective” rape and assault in post-
Apartheid South Africa. At -kunstplass 5 she shows 12 portraits from the series "Face and Phases".

In 2010 her Faces & Phases series was included on the 29th São Paulo Biennale;
the series was published by Prestel and nominated as best photobook of 2010
at the International Photobook Festival in Kassel. In 2012 the series was shown on
Documenta 13. Zanele Muholi won the Index on Censorship - Freedom of Expression
art award, it was announced in London on 21 March 2013.

Read Zaneles artist statement her.

Slava Mogutin (SU/US, b. 1974)
Siberian-born artist and writer Slava Mogutin was exiled from Russia for his outspoken queer writings and activism at the age of 21. In 1995, he was granted political asylum in the US with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center.
Mogutin is the author of two monographs of photography published in the US and
seven books of writings in Russian. Mogutin’s work has been exhibited internationally
and featured in a wide range of publications including Flash Art, Modern Painters, i-D,
Vice, Visionaire, L’Uomo Vogue, Stern, and The New York Times.

Read Slava's artist statement her.


Slava Mugotins Holy Goat (til venstre) og Zanele Muholis Faces & Phases.

Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty (NO/GB, f. 1960)
Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty er kanskje mest kjent for sitt prosjekt Gay Kids, der hun har samlet sammen barndomsbilder av en rekke homofile til en fotoserie som både er publisert som bok, og vist i ulike utstillingsrom over hele landet. At Chepstow-Lusty er blitt kjent for et politisk, idealistisk og pedagogisk opplysningsprosjekt er et paradoks, for her snakker vi om en av norsk kunsts enfant terribles. Les mer her.

Fin Serck-Hanssen (NO, f. 1958)
Serien med 10 blå menn var i 1985 Fin Serck-Hanssens første utstilling i Oslo etter at han hadde studert foto i England. I England hadde han kommet inn i homomiljøet via omveier. Han hadde en stor musikkinteresse, som først trakk ham inn i subkulturelle miljøer, og der ifra videre inn i homomiljøet. Kulturelt sett var Serck-Hanssen mer inspirert av punkere og industriell musikk, enn av kommersiell homokultur. Les mer her.

Åtte av Fin Serck-Hanssens 10 bål menn.

Slava Mogutin Artist Statement

Coming from a conservative and oppressive Soviet background, I examine the very concept of shame by being completely shameless.
Inspired by Mayakovsky’s revolutionary slogan, ’Down with your love, Down with your art, Down with your regime, Down with your religion,’ since my teenage years I devoted myself to rebellious poetry and art. I wanted to live my life through art, and wanted my life to become art, too.

Throughout the years, poetry and photography remained my main passion and outlet, but I’ve always felt limited by any particular genre or medium and eventually expanded my practice first beyond text, then beyond still, twodimensional image.
Just like my writings, my art tells stories of real people, real emotions and experiences. An avid voyeur and former exhibitionist, I’m best at documenting people in intimate, vulnerable settings. This way I can much better capture their true selves.

The personal connection with my subjects is essential to my work, and I’d never ask them to do something that I wouldn’t have done myself. The point is, my subjects must be totally comfortable with me and my camera in order for me to photograph them. It’s about collaboration in a very broad sense. It’s about mutual trust and compassion.

It’s about love and beauty in different shapes and forms. It’s about search for a new language and sensibility, new romatic ideals. I look for primal beauty and innocence in unconventional and often explicit scenes that might be considered ‘obscene,’ ‘shocking,’ or ‘perverse.’ I find these kinds of scenes totally engaging and inspiring, without expecting any moral approval or reproach. As Rimbaud once proclaimed, ‘Morality is a type of brain disease!’
I’ve always enjoyed breaking taboos and stereotypes. I think that’s what real art is about, and I’ve paid my dues for expressing myself in the most radical and honest way.

 

 

 
 

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