Photo London, Somerset House, London
10 -14 May 2023
Curated By Roya Khadjavi Projects, New York.
The inverted pink triangle has been a symbol for the queer community for decades and holds conflicting emotions. It was initially used by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s to 'flag' homosexuals before sending them to concentration camps. Later it was appropriated during the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s to raise awareness about the virus and fight against society's ignorance and injustice. What was used as a badge of shame was reclaimed as a symbol of pride and love for queerness. The use of an old vintage mirror reflects the dark history we have inherited and embodies the pain and trauma queer people have undergone throughout the centuries and still undergo in many parts of the world.
Self-Portrait ( Inverted Pink Triangle ), 2023, Dye Sublimation Print, Hand-cut vintage mirrors, plaster, and acrylic paint on raw aluminum, 100 x 100cm. ( Photo London 2023 )