Queer Enough is a collaborative portrait project in which participants are deeply involved in the process of creating their portrait. As a queer photographer, I seek to portray our most human and complex selves.
With this kickstarter, I am raising funds to share 20 powerful portraits of queer identified humans during pride month in DC. We will use the money to share these images with the world, including hosting an exhibit at 1314 1/2 Gallery in Shaw neighborhood and creating a photo book of the project. The exhibit will open on June 7th, 2018.
Historically portraits have put power and control – the capturing – in the hands of the photographer or artist. Often marginalized groups are captured and not seen as they would like to be. This project subverts that history by inviting participants to be part of the creative process of presenting themselves to the world.
I sat with each person and we talked first. About queer identity, about body, about what we love about ourselves, and about making images and portraits. Then we photographed. From these intimate shoots, each person chose an image(s) and added handwritten words to their portrait - notes, letters, manifestos, a one-word mantra of self, shouts, memories, poems. From all of this, I created a final portrait. These portraits speak out and speak back, instead of being consumed.
So many of us in queer communities do not feel seen or protected by family, institutions, or media. With this project, I created a transformative space where queer people could take risks, experiment with their image, and reveal their brilliant selves to the world.
Risks and challenges
We have secured the gallery space and funding to print the portraits themselves. This kickstarter is to cover the cost of putting on the exhibit, holding an opening event, and printing a softcover photobook of the exhibit to sell during the event.
The greatest challenge will be ensuring that all of the portraits, postcards, and photobooks are printed and shipped in time for the exhibit. We feel confident that we can accomplish these goals in time for Pride in DC, in early June.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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