A Guide to Queer Artists at PHOTO 2022
Queer stories are at the heart of PHOTO 2022—intersectional, intergenerational, and international.
Start in Fitzroy at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. Presenting Australian LGBTQ+ artists across generations, Queering the Frame: Community, Time, Photography brings together seven artists in a wide-ranging look at how communities narrate their histories. From Amazon Acres, a female-only commune of the 70s and 80s, to capturing moments of queer Indigenous joy in the 90s, Queering the Frame draws connections across time in the Queer community.
Also at CCP, a selection of recent works by Paul Mpagi Sepuya explores queerness and Blackness while referencing dark rooms both of photography and queer culture, and Martine Gutierrez subverts conventional ideals of beauty to reveal how deeply sexism, racism, transphobia and other biases are embedded in our culture.
New Photographers features the work of emerging queer photographers Olivia Mròz and J Davies, while Jeremy Eaton presents a series of new works in his exhibition Beach Boys at LON Gallery.
Outside the gallery walls, The Huxleys present Gender Fluids, a series of images depicting costumes emulating gender fluid sea creatures, from the starfish to the nudibranch, to explore nature’s indifference to gender constructions. And in Scotty So’s commission Shungay, Asian erotic paintings, European Chinoiserie art, Instagram makeup trends, and contemporary gay culture collide.
German photographer Florian Hetz presents a two site exhibition of Haut (German for ‘skin’) exploring the intimacy and sensuality of the body. The work can be seen installed in Parliament Gardens—alongside Henry Wolff’s Together—and in a special Augmented Reality exhibition at Angel Music Bar.