Last month the I Am Gay and Muslim project was involved in a lot of activities. Chris visits various international film festivals for the documentary and the photo series is on display in two exhibitions.
I Am Gay and Muslim documentary Banned in Kyrgyzstan
The film documentary makes its way well through the festival circuit. After festival screenings in South Africa, Italy, USA and Portugal, Chris went to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where the film was programmed as closing film at the Bir Duino film festival.
What should have been the first screening in an Islamic country turned out otherwise. The film got banned by the Prosecutor General’s office after the Kyrgyz State Committee on Religious Affairs determined it to be “extremist,” “offensive to Muslims,” and “inciting interreligious hatred”.
> Kyrgyzstan: Rights Activists Condemn Ban on Gay Muslim Documentary – Eurasianet.org
> Film Ban Violates Free Speech – Human Rights Watch
> Poppetje niet gezien – moslimhomo in Kirgizië moet in dicht kastje blijven – NRC (dutch)
Exhibition Mooiman Gallery
On October 6th there was the opening of the Gay & Muslim Exhibition at Mooiman Gallery, Groningen. This gay and Muslim themed exhibition features the photo series (and film) next to the works of Dutch photographer Diana Blok and Secret Garden Foundation.
The combination of our series and the series See Through Us by Diana Blok (portraits and stories of gay women/men and transsexuals in Turkey) works very well and i am thrilled because i was a fan of this series from the start.
A review in Dagblad van het Noorden, Dutch regional newspaper, on October 8th, 2012:
Gay & Muslim Exhibition
October 6th – November 26th 2012
Mooiman Gallery, Groningen
> website Mooiman Gallery
I Am Gay and Muslim photo series at Pride Photo Award 2012
At last, but not least, there was the Pride Photo Award 2012, for which the I Am Gay and Muslim project was rewarded with a special mention. The Pride Photo Awards focuses on LGBT-issues and gathers a lot of attention on the subject with a exhibition in the Oude Kerk and huge displays throughout the city (on no less than seven locations!).
Besides exhibition of winners, there was also a side-programme to bring up discussion like Meet & Greets with the makers and the incorporation of the PPA in other events like De Donkere Kamer.
Congrats to all winners, who made this year’s PPA one of surprisingly diversity!
Pride Photo Award 2012 Exhibition
September 29th – October 28th 2012
Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
> website Pride Photo Award
Parallel to the film documentary I am Gay and Muslim, i made a photo series of the men who are in the film or contributed to it.
With this photo document we wanted to create an opportunity where they can show themselves, in addition to the many dilemmas young, gay Muslims are struggling with in their quest for identity and acceptance by society.
The series is commissioned by the producer of the film, Dutch foundation Stichting art.1.
Some pictures who made it through the final selection and are in exhibition -for now- at screenings of the film:
Some names have been altered for privacy reasons.
> read more about the project on the: I am Gay and Muslim website
Just Married – The early morning aftermath from a Dutch wedding. For the Feest! (Party!) – documentary project, for which members of Dutch photo agency Hollandse Hoogte, covered the theme “Party”. This project was in cooperation with Dutch newspaper nrc.next.
See bottom-right corner for full screen.
For the upcoming Hollandse Hoogte Feest! (Party!) – project, i have been working on party pics. For this project, members of Dutch photo agency Hollandse Hoogte, will cover the theme “Party”. You may expect the result of the project in the next couple of months, in print-publication and an exhibition.
For this serie, i am picturing the mayhem of party. What’s your party worth when there isn’t some serious cleaning up to do the following morning? A preview – outtake, not in final selection:
For the documentary serie Groeten uit/Greetings from/Salutations de/Grüße aus… i am picturing famous Amsterdam landmarks and events. All well known by tourists and from postcards, except this time it’s the flip side of the facade.
A work in progress.
An older, finished, project worth mentioning is the Melting Pot Project. With writers Paula Yuen Lie Sie and Iris de Ridder and designer Marijn Kloosterboer, we documented the native culinary habits of over twenty new Dutch migrants. The result was a view in kitchens from South Korea to Venezuela and Tanzania to Bosnia among others. Bundled with recipes in a cookbook, published by Inmerc/Kosmos.
See for a brief summary under. Or go to the Melting Pot Project Gallery in the Portfolio Section.