An exhibition to amplify LGBTQ+ BIPOC Voices
join us for our 2020 pride exhibition, Attention Please
The exhibition will be on display from August 1st 2020 at Ligon Fine Art Gallery
A virtual format will be available along with our Spoken Word Series TBA, on Friday and Saturdays
Gallery hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Admission is free, but limited and tickets are needed to view the exhibition so we can keep our community safe. Then we can invite you to future events.
The event will be available as a virtual exhibition tune in 7pm August 1st FB Live and right here on our website. We will also be sharing the gallery experience so this will be an experience not to be missed. Let us know you are coming and be sure to support the artists by donating below or purchasing their work.
Below you can find more information about the artists!
LGBTQ+ BIPOC Artists will be featured to give visibility to our BIPOC community and amplify their voices.
Harvey Milk Festival Presents: Attention Please: an exhibition to amplify LGBTQ+ BIPOC voices & visibility!
The exhibition opens with a virtual experience and gallery hours that requires mask and social distancing for viewing. We will also be incorporating a spoken word project during this event, which we hope will continue to give visibility for our Queer+ Black community. This will be filmed for a virtual experience so folx can stay home and be safe.
The event is free, however, space is limited due to COVID-19. We are taking extra precautions to ensure your safety and will only allow a few viewers at a time. The exhibition will be available for viewing in a virtual format. All of our spoken word pieces can be streamed virtually and an on-going series will give visibility to our BIPOC communities. If you’re interested in being a part of future exhibitions, contact email@example.com
Queer history is rich with examples of strength and resiliency in the face of fear, rejection, violence and hate.Harvey Milk Festival is celebrating Pride by amplifying BIPOC communities in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The following exhibition is intended to amplify our LGBTQ+ BIPOC communities. Let their stories serve as constant reminder of the hardships we have overcome and the progress we have yet to make as a community.
MEet Our Gallery ARTISTS!
Ashley Taylor Gillam
My work is an investigation of subjects that seem to clash while they coexist. The imagery integrates pattern and figure, organic and synthetic, and internal and external. Each painting aims to enamor the viewer with a glimpse into the striking nuances of a visceral experience while triggering conflicting sensations of repulsion. The compositions aim to be both attractive and atrocious, encouraging the viewer into a line of difficult questioning about our programmed dispositions. Where do we stand when we truly understand the “other”? Humans and Animals. Society and Environment. Privileged and Oppressed. These paintings guide an analysis of our relationships, biases, and interactions.
As social structures aim to divide and devalue us, compassion and collective understanding will close the gap. The path to Unity begins with acknowledging both the celebrations and the catastrophes that have created the world as we know it. We must commit to a sincere engagement with our internal wellness, our complex history, and our beautiful diversity. Listen, learn, and Love one another. We will grow stronger together. We live now in a crucible for change, burning out the impurities both glaring and subtle. I create to dissect my own identity. As we enter the conversation of seeing and being seen, we can find our place in this interwoven existence. Binding together in solidarity, we manifest an insurmountable driving force toward intersectional freedom and peace.
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Commonly referred to as a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’.
Tylia Janei is a multidisciplinary art student dabbling in everything from traditional acrylic and watercolor paintings to paper collage, screen printing, jewelry making, digital and mixed media, and more. As an outspoken, biracial Afro-Latinx, polyamorous, queer advocate, they use their art as a means of speaking up and shining a light on the communities they are passionate about. When they are not slinging coffee, they are working towards building their small online queer jewelry and vintage clothing business based out of St. Petersburg, FL. As part of a former DIY venue owner, their main goal is to continue supporting events like the Harvey Milk Festival and creating safe spaces for musicians, artists, and queers of all caliber to express themselves.
Trans & Queer+ BIPOC VLOG Series
Amplifying our BIPOC voices and visibility!
During Pride Month and beyond, HMF is sharing queer+ and trans BIPOC voices for a VLOG series to amplify their voices and give visibility. Folx will be sharing their experiences within their marginalized identities- i.e. their experience as a Trans/ or Queer+ BIPOC.
Grace Korley, Tylia Janei, VinceTheAlien, Angel Durango, Lisa L Boogie, and many more experiences to share
27 queer (she/her – they/them)
Who I am as a person as well as my art, is defined by knowing that no issue exists in a bubble. I’m influenced by existentialism, surrealism, and Dadaism. I feel it’s important to point out details and amplify them. I illustrate situations of what it means to be alive that have gone unnoticed or just haven’t been looked at under a certain lens.
My mother a Caribbean immigrant, and my father an African American man born in the south, instilled in my youth a passion for education. Now although education is a positive thing, I want to stress that I don’t mean this in a good way. Both of my parents were then and now extremely toxic individuals and the seed they planted in me, to be an educated person, was marinated in respectability politics. Ever since I was a child, I desired clarity, because virtually every issue on earth is connected to another no matter how disparate they seem to be. With my desire for clarity, I didn’t understand why we couldn’t just be who we were. I couldn’t understand why keeping up appearances on the outside was so important. We grew up just rich enough to significantly struggle in a white neighborhood. Because of many things like these early on I learned what shame was and how to embrace it while simultaneously cover it up.
Being black and/or LBGTQIA+ in America is endless subjection to the expectations of others. I received stereotypical projections from strangers and sometimes loved ones about what you’re good at, or what you’re “supposed” to be good at, what you should and shouldn’t pique your interest. It can become blinding. I used to be blinded by all of the judgment. I was told I’d never be an artist and for too long I listened. When I realized my queerness early on, I lived with two different diasporas in agreeance that gay is wrong; and because of this, for too long I ignored who I knew I was. I didn’t want to add another stigma to the list of minorities I already am.
Over time I also learned better things, like who Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is, the woman who coined the term intersectional feminism. This feminism describes intersecting systems of oppression and discrimination that women are subject to because of sexuality, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity to name a few. It felt great to not feel alone in connecting the dots.
I use my art to acknowledge mental illness and the general stress of being human. Depression tends to be my artistic focus. It’s not remotely an attempt to glamorize sadness by creating pieces inspired by feelings of depression. I want those who see my work, especially POC, to know they’re not alone either. The things we all encounter daily have a domino effect in every part of our lives and the lives that surround us. Your feelings are deep and raw, you’re important, and in a complex way, your mind wants you to know that. That’s why being introspective is so important. I no longer live to save face for anyone.
My existence as a queer black person is a statement in itself that goes forward to challenge the existence of the powers that be by taking up space and putting my voice, and my view of the world alongside everyone else.
Sarah Bryant-Cole is an independent textile artist from the California Bay Area who’s
work incorporates elements of playfulness and interactivity. Viewers and wearers alike should be a part of the experience and not merely bystanders. Sarah comes from a family full of vibrant artists. They couldn’t imagine living in a family where art isn’t a central part of life, as they are constantly surrounded with music, sculpture, and storytelling of all kinds. Sarah took a fascination to art at a young age and loved using colors to make expressive compositions. They remember being a young child and using fiber art as an outlet for anxiety. Their parents divorced when they were young, and so this became a way for them to feel soothed during that difficult time. They often used their mom’s old yarn to make dolls, and it was a way of containing some part of their mother and keeping it with them when they were apart.
They now attend the Rhode Island School of Design and are on track to graduate with a
BFA in Textile Design in 2021. Sarah’s artwork has been featured in three online gallery
exhibitions, and on numerous social media highlights. They feel that textile and fiber art can be used as a way to bring people together and to help facilitate joy.
Sarahjean Richardson a Black, queer, self-taught, Trinidadian-Canadian artist who currently resides in Toronto, Canada. As a visual illustrator, her core mediums are pen, pencil and marker. She uses her artistry with the intention of amplifying the beauty and diversity of her community. She playfully mixes realistic representations with a touch of imagination in her work. Her interest in the arts began early in life and her passion for self expression flourished as an adult. She has continually been praised for her burgeoning creative skill and her keen eye for detail. Sarahjean explores varying styles of drawing which include line art, crosshatching and realism, thus creating a diverse collection of colourful artwork.
Aerial Reese is a proud and loud, angry, black queer woman. She is also a survivor using her art to heal some deep shit, especially since her trauma brain prevents her from verbally putting words to her experiences.
Aerial is a program manager at a philanthropic serving organization, managing several peer learning programs and fellowships, supporting community-building initiatives and delivering speaking engagements.
Aerial graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and women’s studies from Agnes Scott College, a women’s college. Aerial led successful workers’ rights campaigns on her campus, including the unionization of all campus dining hall and maintenance staff. Aerial is currently pursuing a master’s in organizational leadership at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kai Thompson is a program analyst, researcher and amateur artist. She is from Detroit, Michigan, grew up in Charlotte, NC and currently lives in Washington, DC.
Kai studies social science and works on a government program funding technology for rural healthcare. In her spare time, she makes collage and mixed media art and also enjoys music, films, and modern art. To view more of Kai’s work you can check out her personal blog kdtfunctional.com or her Instagram accounts @thesamespots and @kdtfunctional.
Onyeka Oduh is a queer, black, non-binary multidisciplinary artist living and working in Toronto, Canada whose work is an empyreal representation of how they see the world. Consistent themes in their work include coming of age, queerness, identity, and music as a shaper of stories and characters. Working in both the short film and digital illustration medium, they have had films premiere at festivals in Canada and Europe, including Blood In The Snow Film Festival, Toronto Queer Film Festival, and TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. Their illustrative work has been featured on CBC Arts and as a part of CBC Toronto’s Proud to Shine campaign. Alongside that, Onyeka owns and operates
their own clothing brand, Summer Of Love Club, which is inspired by 60s/70s psychadelia and love as a revolutionary and inclusionary concept.
STORE WEBSITE: Summerofloveclub.com
Originally from Amherst Massachusetts, DW McCraven is an Interdisciplinary Artist, with works experienced in forms such as theater, drag, installation, movement, film, and music. Some of their art has been featured in National Public Radio (NPR), The International Music Video Underground Paris, Lesbian’s on the loose, and Shapeshifters.co.
McCraven’s art unapologetically engages with Blackness and queerness and holds reverence for their Hip Hop theater roots and practice.
Their work is focused on collaboration and intersectionality, building relationships, and having conversations in spaces that solidify and amplify the experiences inherent in brownness and queerness and humanness. The tradition of relational aesthetics; the relationships themselves; the establishment of commonality; these are the purpose of the work, rather than the notion of product. This process serves to perform the action of overcoming difference as a matter of course, rather than as a side benefit to creation.
McCraven believes “It’s human nature to take on many physical forms and behaviors throughout our journey in life. I am a living representation of the many personalities that I have created to sustain me. I find joy in discovering identity, challenging gender norms, and creating relationships that encourage positive non-conforming behaviors. Being confined to binary standards has limited my imagination, and I have decided to no longer wonder what I could be without those limitations, but rather to discover who I am as I refused to be boxed.”
DW McCraven currently lives and works in Western Massachusetts.
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