We’re pleased to introduce no less than 8 interesting exhibitions during the summer period. Some international, others very local. Some more aimed at creating art, others aimed at triggering discussion and interaction. But in all cases unique in their own right and worth visiting.
Young and Gay
Shows photos of young gay and lesbian people and it tells the story of their coming out. Photographer Marjolein Annegarn shows a range of pictures of boys and girls between 14 and 19 years old. The interesting aspect is the combination of pictures and stories that gives you a better understanding of their life, their family, and friends, of their love, uncertainties and concerns. See picture by Marjolein Annegarn.
Young and Gay is an initiative from the public library (OBA) located at Javaplein 2 in Amsterdam. It runs until August 27th.
Shows photos made by award-winning photographer Cigdem Yüksel. Visible Faces shows a range of portraits of Turkish-Dutch LHBT’s. Earlier these portraits were on display in a centre for women in Amsterdam New-West. This exhibition triggered many comments and questions with regard to sexuality and gender, which was one of the aims of the exhibition.
Visible Faces is organised by the public library (OBA) on Mercatorplein 89 and runs until August 27th.
Kings and Queens
Explores how drags challenge traditional gender definitions by showing that there is much more to life than simply being a man or a woman. The intimate portraits of fierce drag queens accompanied by their vulnerable male half bring the viewer closer to the drag queens’ identity beyond the exhibitionist extravaganza. Using photomontage, man and drag are seamlessly arranged in one image that reveals how the two personalities relate to each other. These portraits tell stories about gender, love, identity, sexual transcendence and even the nature of man him (or her) self.
Kings and Queens is organised by Foam, Keizersgracht 609 and runs until August 6th.
The Stedelijk Museum offers an exhibition of photos made by Zanele Muholi. Quoting the Stedelijk: “ … Muholi photographs the black lesbian and transgender community in South Africa. Starting with her very first work, Only Half the Picture, (2006), her arresting, powerful and sometimes witty images have focused eyes on a community that, while it has been constitutionally protected since 1996, remains at risk of horrendous abuse, discrimination and ‘curative’ rape.”
The exhibition runs until October 15th. The Stedelijk is located at Museumplein 10. Open daily until 6pm. Friday the museum closes at 10pm.
Pride and Loss
A group exhibition featuring the work of six South African activists and artists will open at No Man’s Art Gallery from 3-27 August 2017 in Weteringschans 69, Amsterdam. Gallery open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The exhibiting youths, Boitumelo Nkopane, Collen Mfazwe, Lebogang Mashifane, Lerato Dumse, Thembela Dick and Velisa Jara are participants in the award winning Faces and Phases portraiture series by Zanele Muholi.
Pride and Loss are the themes that will be explored through the selected works produced during pride, funerals, marches, church service and other LGBTI related events.
The exhibition aims to extend and maintain relationships and cooperation among members of the LGBTI community in South Africa, Amsterdam and beyond. This initiative was born out of discussions between Zanele Muholi and No Man’s Art Gallery owner Emmelie Koster.
Amsterdam Street Hearts
The IHLIA (LGBT heritage) organizes a colourful exhibition of photos of drag queens and LHBT’s. The IHLIA can be found at Oosterdokskade 143, in the building of the public library. Please note that the exhibition is on the third floor. Photos made by Shirley Agudo. She is an American writer and photographer, living in the Netherlands. You may know her from The Dutch & Their Bikes and Bicycle Mania. The exhibition runs until August 6th.
Pride at the Beach
The museum in Zandvoort (also known as Amsterdam Beach, although it’s 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station) shows photos from René Zuiderveld. He is well known for the focus on fetish in his work. The museum is located at Swaluestraat 1, Zandvoort. Exhibition opens July 31st and runs until August 20th. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Robert Mapplethorpe in Rotterdam
Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an impressive retrospective of the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). The exhibition offers an overview of his career, from the late 1960s to the success he established in the 1980s.
More than 200 objects are shown: portraits, self-portraits, nudes and still life. This is the first time that Mapplethorpe’s work is shown on such a large-scale in the Netherlands. The Kunsthal is the only European venue to present this special exhibition, organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
Kunsthal Rotterdam is part of the Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, Rotterdam. The exhibition runs until 27 August 2017.