In or Out | the Evolving Door
Here are details of an up-coming Tasmanian queer art exhibition.
This Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Intersex (GLBTI) community exhibition explores the day-to-day reality of being Tasmanian and Queer, whether continuing to live in the state or in voluntary exile outside it.
Members of Tasmanian GLBTI communities have employed many tactics to survive throughout a history of legal, social and cultural denial, rejection, marginalisation and oppression. Sadly, not all of us did manage to survive. Those of us who did, however, found many creative ways to do so and to celebrate who we are. Some chose to lead a quiet and unobtrusive life, some decided to influence Tasmanian society from within, some took the path of public activism, while others went in search of acceptance and opportunities in other Australian states or further abroad.
Whatever avenues pursued, we have all contributed to Tasmania‚s progress from "Bigot‚s Island" to becoming a far more desirable place to live, which currently has some of the most progressive legislative protections for queers in Australia. Tasmania is now actively promoted in other states as a wonderful holiday destination and the perfect place for after-Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras rest and recreation.
Predictably, not all sectors of the broader community are pleased with our gains in human rights protections. A fact illustrated recently by increasing trends to traditional conservatism and the rising influence of the religious right, both in Australia and internationally.
In or Out | the Evolving Door explores notions of being in or out - of the closet, of favour, of fashion, and of the state. Through a diverse range of visual arts mediums, it will also give creative expression to how evolving Tasmanian, historical, political and social conditions impact on our daily lives.
The exhibition will be held at the Moonah Arts Centre from 19 to 31 August and all GLBTI community members who identify as Tasmanian are invited to exhibit. Artists are restricted to one piece each as we anticipate a huge respond and gallery space is limited. Entry forms will be available from the GLC, downloadable from the GLC website, via email or post or directly from
the Moonah Arts Centre.
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