Starting Friday March 13, the Biblical Museum in Amsterdam runs a special photo exhibition on the theme of religion and homosexuality. The exhibition is named ‘I believe I am Gay’. In it, the photographers Hadas Itzkovitch and Anya van Lit show 37 portraits of lesbian and gay christians, jews, muslims, hindus and buddhists. From liberal to orthodox, young and old, and all of them residents of the Netherlands.
Itzkovitch and Van Lit started their project with one simple question: is it possible to be religious and gay in the Netherlands? During the long process of research and taking pictures, it appeared that many gays and lesbians remained inspired by their belief, despite the difficult position in which they sometimes find themselves.
The photographers chose for staged photography in a classical style. Attributes and positions refer in a subtle way to the models’ respective beliefs.
The exhibition runs in the Biblical Museum (Bijbels Museum), located at Herengracht 366, from Friday March 13 to June 14.
The museum website has no information in English about the exhibition – general info in English can be found on http://www.bijbelsmuseum.nl/en/visitor-information. The museum is open 6 days per week (closed on Mondays), from 11-5.
The museum is worth a visit, also because it is located in two beautiful 17th century houses (the Cromhout Houses).