A new project of mine, ‘Shimmer’, has been accepted into the Pride Amplified program as part of Sydney World Pride 2023!! This is fantastic news and I’m starting to build a body of portraits to showcase during Feb/March next year.
in 2023, Sydney World Pride is combining with the Sydney Mardi Gras and it will be epic, drawing over 1 million folks from queer corners around the world. Sydney World Pride 2023 want to showcase “compelling, bold and adventurous ideas that reflect the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and encourage participation in LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural events… ” So, if they believe in my project, that’s what I will give them!
‘Shimmer’ will showcase the strength, courage, pride, resilience and celebration of LGBTIQ+ seniors and elders in NSW. It will be an exhibition of photographic portraits, along with subjects’ recorded stories (as a soundscape throughout the exhibition) and QR codes linking the images to the recorded stories.
‘Shimmer’ is innovative, visual and aural. It is a lived experience story telling project involving a broad selection of incredible community members. It will invite us all to reflect on who and where we are at right now, and who our future LGBTIQ+ selves could be. It incorporates photography, multi-media, storytelling, social justice, human rights, community participation and celebration. Right up my ally.
‘Shimmer’ will prioritise presenting images of First Nations Australians, transgender/gender diverse people, women, people who are differently abled, people from CALD backgrounds including asylum seekers, and rural/regional LGBTIQ+ seniors/elders.
The project is partnering with the Gender Centre, The Love Project at ACON, The Darlinghurst Business Partnership and Charring Cross Photo.
Watch this space!
The images below are from my archive and will not to be included in this project. An entirely new collection of images with be created for ‘Shimmer’.