“High Visibility” is a new virtual group exhibition of Atlanta LGBTQIA photographers. The launch of this exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of Atlanta Pride.
Atlanta artists and curators Le’Andra LeSeur and Michael James O’Brien joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to discuss this exhibition, presented by Atlanta Photography Group, Wussy Mag, and Atlanta Pride.
“Within this show, we’re talking about a wide variety of queer bodies and how queer identity exist in so many different, beautiful forms,” said LeSeur.
In LeSeur’s work, she hopes to showcase Black female identities in a different light, dismantling and reclaiming stereotypes that surround them.
“It’s specifically important right now with the work we’re showing to think about not just how we can talk about pride, but how we can talk about intersectionality within the Queer community,” she said.
O’Brien will be moderating the “Identity and Queer Performance in Photography” panel discussion Thursday at 7 p.m. As well as being a photographer, poet, and curator, O’Brien is the Associate Chair of Photography at SCAD Atlanta.
“Invisibility and visibility are the subjects of a lot of these works [in the exhibition],” O’Brien said. “I think that a lot of performers and artists who needed to find a way to express and to talk about their own individual narrative had to do it with the relationship between performance and photography and installation.”
LeSeur will also be moderating a panel discussion called “Unraveling the Gaze: Queer Artist Talk” on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The panel of four Queer photographers will discuss how they confront “the gaze.”
You can view the virtual gallery here until Oct. 22.