Presented by Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS)
Curated by Gil Mualem-Doron
‘Queering Spaces’ is a group exhibition at The Ledward Centre featuring photography, film, and mixed media works from Anthony Luvera, Cathy Cade, Hussina Raja, Luc(e) Raesmith, Nate Lavey & Stephen Vider, Shannon Novak, Tara Brag, Queer History Now collective, and Gil Mualem-Doron.
‘Queering Spaces’ celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month and focuses on significant places and moments for the LGBTQ community in the UK and abroad; from the first Pride in 1973 in Los Angeles (captured by the renowned photographer Cathy Cade), to the squatting and club scene in London, and New York’s drag balls of the 80s.
The exhibition explores the spaces that give support to people living with HIV, and the struggles of LGBTQ+ communities in the townships of South Africa/other countries where homosexuality is still illegal. It also looks at the spaces used for hookups between strangers, from a toilet in a small town in New Zealand to Duke’s Mound in Brighton.
The stories of these places and the people who make them are told through film, photography, installations and socially engaged practices that amplify the voices of those that often go unheard.
Gil Mualem-Doron explains the exhibition’s name:
“In fact, ‘Queer Space’ does not exist – we are always only queering spaces. Throughout history, we have transformed places that were not created for us into spaces where we can be who we are. The ones who have always led these transformations, historically and now, have been indeed the queers, the outcasts, the marginalized… this exhibition is dedicated to them. The Ledward Centre, I believe, is going to continue this tradition.”
Commenting on the collaboration between The Ledward Centre (TLC) and SEAS, Duncan Lustig-Prean (TLC Director) said:
“The arts have a long history of highlighting injustice and the need for social change. Our collaboration with SEAS is really thrilling; bringing the visual arts to the Ledward Centre and helping with our ambition to promote the astounding contribution LGBTQ+ arts and culture make to our city and beyond.”
The opening event for the exhibition was online Saturday 13th February, 2021. Speakers include:
The event also features presentations and a Q&A.
View the recording of the launch event.
Where to view the work
The whole exhibition may be viewed online on the SEAS website.
Exhibition promo film
- ‘Queering Spaces’ Exhibition on SEAS website
- Launch event LiveStream recording
- Anthony Luvera
- Hussina Raja
- Queer History Now collective
- Gil Mualem-Doron