1 – 12 February 2022
Private View Wednesday 2 February 6 – 9 pm
All works are available for sale to raise funds towards
gender confirmation surgeries for at-risk members of the
trans community, and to support BPS’s outreach
programme, with prices starting at £20
PEOPLE, PLACE, TAKE UP SPACE is a solo exhibition by non-binary, Macanese born, photographer Cherry Au Hon I. The exhibition includes 100 intimate portraits of queer people from across Europe and Asia, photographed in their own environments – be that a houseboat on London’s canals, a caravan in Berlin, or a vintage shop in Taipei.
For many LGBTQIA+ people, finding a space where they can be their authentic selves is a challenge, this could be impacted by the country they live in, societies’ influences, or their cultural backgrounds. This exhibition weaves together a map of international experience and celebrates the resourcefulness of queer individuals in building for themselves a space in which they belong.
The exhibition presents Au’s documentary practice from the past six years and brings together their series focusing on different parts of the queer community. This includes ‘DYKE’, a collection of portraits and interviews from self-identifying dykes exploring the many interpretations of this term. As well as ‘Queeroes of London’, which showcases London’s LGBTQIA+ community through the generations, as a way of preserving queer history.
A constancy that defines Au’s photographic style is the sitters’ defiance to the camera as if daring the viewer to look. These images on their own are an intimate, almost voyeuristic glimpse at an individual’s private life, but when presented together in PEOPLE, PLACE, TAKE UP SPACE the viewer is confronted with the power and vibrancy of the queer community.
Au began this project in 2015 as a way of counteracting how isolating London can often feel. Photography became a tool for forging new connections and discovering community, as well as recording life stories and archiving queer histories. Au started casting people they met in the street, at queer spaces such as Dalston Superstore and Heaven, and through dating apps like HER and Grindr. Au interviewed each sitter to gain an insight into their individual experience of queerness.
The resulting photographs are both deeply personal and contextually rich. This project has continued to expand, now including images of 100+ queer people from across the globe of different ages, races and backgrounds, from accountants and drag kings, to tattoo artists and nurses, they are all united in their desire for representation and confidence in showing the world how they exist within it.
The Exhibition will be brought to life with a series of performance events and film screenings.
The Voices Film Series: Queer Portraits
Saturday 5 February, 4 – 6 pm
A selection of short films that paint nuanced portraits of queerness. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the creative teams.
MassHysteria Presents: A Moment of BLISS
Saturday 5 February, 6.30 – 9 pm
MassHysteria presents a night of experiential exhibitionism. Expect interactive, durational performances exploring collective embodiment.
The Voices Film Series: Queer Stories
Saturday 12 February, 4 – 6 pm
A selection of short films that tell nuanced stories of queer community and identity.
Show Studio: “this exhibition serves not as a request but an order for queer people to start filling up spaces”
Glamcult: “Radiating strength, this exhibition should be on all of your ‘do not miss’ lists”
Time Out: “it’s a body of work that glimmers with proud queer authenticity… an ideal way to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month”