“Arts Protest” GFEST 2017 visual arts exhibition

Mon 13 to Sat 18 Nov 11 am to 6 pm

MENIER GALLERY  (Upper Gallery) 51 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU Map

tel: 020 7407 3222 mail@meniergallery.co.uk

Free (no booking required)

GFEST 2017 Launch Tues 14 Nov 6 – 8 pm

“Arts Protest”

GFEST 2017 visual arts exhibition

GFEST 2017 visual artists explore the theme of “Arts Protest” LGBTQI identities and articulation in their works.

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Alice Boland-Rhodes visualises 50 Hugs, an artist’s video installation about physical contact and how the brain changes during the process of hugging.

Gökhan Tanrıöver explores contrasting images of mirrors in Confessionals, a series of analogue still-life photographs rooted in autobiographical memory to gain a deeper self-knowledge. GFEST 2014 artist.

Heather Carol’s Myth to modern life: history repeats and The Tangled Web offer offbeat interpretation of inner spaces, in a distinctively ‘natural’ way.

Jason Carr’s figurative oil paintings Black Rabbit (meet me in the woods) and Goodnight my darkest friend look at bolder contours of the identity politics and add  a twist to what it means to protest.  GFEST 2016 artist.

Marta Kochanek’sSame-sex love’ photographic images celebrate aspects of people searching for attraction and attention, sex and lust, deep union and physical intimacy. GFEST 2013 artist.

Mike Bliss presents HoMo Canvas and Stop as an expression of OUT & Proud loud pop art. GFEST 2007 artist.

Peter A Leigh’s The Black Shirt highlights the rising movements of inequality appearing in Europe and America, a comparison of the black shirt as a fetish fashion and ‘the rise of the black-shirts’.

Reggie Blennerhassett’s Photo essays tell a ‘behind the scenes’ story about Miners joining hands with LGBTQI people to defeat discrimination- a campaign that inspired film PrideA celebration of the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Sarah Jane Moon shows her recent portraits of path-breaking people who identify as lesbian and / or queer. GFEST 2016 artist.

Simon Croft reflect upon peaceful protests in which people have used flowers as symbols. Leaving Marks metal sheets and paper floral works include ‘petals’ from multiple trees, reflecting the different ways we as LGBTQI people live our lives. GFEST 2010, 2013 and 2016 artist.

Past GFEST artists, performers and filmmakers over the last 10 years present a “Wall of Protest” – selfies or portraits of some participants from the year 2007 onwards. Curated by GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar.

If you like this, please also check GFEST 2017 films on 20 Nov / 21 Nov / 22 Nov / 23 Nov / 24 Nov / and GFEST 2017 performances on 25 Nov.

GFEST 2017 debate: Free entry, booking required , Sat 18 Nov – 3.30 pm to 5 pm

MENIER GALLERY (Upper Gallery) 51 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU tel: 020 7407 3222

Reggie Blennerhassett will lead the discussion along with the fellow gay activists from “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners”, when they joined the miners’ 1984-5 strike : the real story behind  the film “Pride” and impact of “Arts Protest” to deliver social change until today.

Limited spaces, book in advance.