Photography has always played an essential role in the queer community. It is a means of being visible – visibly queer, visibly gay, visibly true.
Queertography is an insightful installation of photographic art that explores LGBTQIA+ experiences caught on camera. Against the gorgeous backdrop of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens on Oxford Street – the beating heart of Sydney Mardi Gras – Head On Foundation displays a diverse series of photography that adds depth to queer representation and explores intersectional experiences. Keep an eye out for events and artists’ talks as part of Queertography.
The exhibition features the work of internationally renowned photographers;
– Jamie James’ (they/them) series Humans Being, a social documentary archive of queer and sex radical/fetish performance spanning three decades.
– Jenny Papalexandris’ (she/her) series Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia, visual narratives of everyday life among queer-identifying people, from celebratory images of weddings to portraits of rural youth and asylum seekers.
– Paul McDonald’s (he/him) series Study of Self explores masculinity, loss, and the artist’s lived experiences through the presentation of archival work, portraiture and landscape accompanied by text and quotes.
– Pierre Dalpé (he/him) series Wigstock, in which he documented the Wigstock festival in Manhattan, NY, over four consecutive years (1992-1995), capturing the fabulousness of drag and disguise in all its glorious forms.
– Thanh Vuong’s (he/him) series In my garden, the trees are changing depicts gay men beautifully and sensually, creating new depictions of the desiring gaze, male body worship, and the erotic pose.
– William Yang’s (he/him) series Rod and Dave’s summer party, a celebratory series documenting queer joy at Rod and Dave’s notorious pool parties.
Queertography is wheelchair-accessible, d/Deaf-friendly, and designed to be inclusive to all.
Queertography is presented on unceded Gadigal land.