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Michael ColvinBy Michael Colvin
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Michael ColvinBy Michael Colvin
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£546
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 31 2019 10:56 PM UTC +00:00.

About

I am requesting assistance towards the printing costs of my Target Practice exhibition in June 2019 at the Pie Factory, Margate. Target Practice is a series of constructed photographs that explores LGBTQ hidden histories of the Holocaust. 

The Target Practice images can be viewed on my website here and you can follow my progress on Instagram here. 

The photography project is primarily based on the biography ofJosef Kohout, a Nazi concentration camp survivor; in 1938 at twenty two years old he was convicted as a homosexual when a Christmas card containing a photo was intercepted by the SS in Austria; written inside were the words:

'To my friend Fred in eternal love and deepest affection!'

Josef subsequently spent four years incarcerated in the camps. Anestimated 50,000 to 100,000 were convicted of 'homosexual crimes' under the Nazi regime and their unique experiences are largely undocumented. 

As an artist who makes props for my constructed photographs I wanted to use the events in Josef's biography The Men With The Pink Triangle to make images that form the basis for exploring his story. The pink triangle was a symbol worn on the prisoner's uniform to indicate homosexual men. My Target Practice work touches on themes of the suffering of the workers in the 'death pits' at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Nazi medical experiments to 'cure' homosexuality, and the power dynamic between the different classes of prisoner of which homosexuals were considered the lowest. 

My folded paper triangles are fractured and incomplete, alluding to the broken men and their lost lives - ignored and shamed by history. Each photograph has an accompanying extract from the biography that creates a resonance between the words and the image. The past often informs the present and many LGBTQ people around the world are currently experiencing abuses that if left unchecked may become future hidden histories. 

This exhibition will be free and the prints will not be on general sale. This is due to the sensitive nature of the work in dealing with the theme of the Holocaust. I do not feel it would be ethical to make money from this exhibition and therefore your donation towards the cost of bringing it to public attention will be very much appreciated. As a thanks you will receive up to two high-resolution digital prints from the exhibition for you to download.

Body-print and Josef Kohout collage
Body-print and Josef Kohout collage

I have already secured the gallery space and your assistance will contribute toward the cost of printing eighteen 40x30 C-Type prints. I also have a number of props that feature in the photograph and some new pieces to make before the June deadline. I will be using social media to promote and maximise footfall for my exhibition in the weeks prior to opening. I already had an article about my work published for online publication that can be found here.

Maquette of the gallery layout
Maquette of the gallery layout

Risks and challenges

Completing the work in the timeline and within budget will be challenging. I have made a project plan and this is helping me to stay on track with the many tasks that need to be actioned before the exhibition opens in June 2019.

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