‘Home Free’, my upcoming group exhibit as part of Midsumma Festival in Melbourne

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You’re invited to my upcoming group exhibit Home Free, as part of the official Midsumma Festival lineup! Opening night is January 22 from 6p-8p at Gasworks Arts Park in Melbourne, Australia. I’ll be exhibiting 2 large paintings in line with the theme Home Free, Don’t Be Afraid of Your Freedom.

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From the show’s manifesto:

Selected GLBTIQ artists are exhibiting artworks that showcase what makes them glad to be living in Australia right now. Despite not being able to legally marry yet, Australia still has a much higher level of community acceptance and inclusion than the 76+ countries with anti-homosexuality laws.

Draconian Countries
(see a map installation of these countries in the Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery)

76+ (more like 81) countries with anti-homosexuality laws. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, lists 77 countries with criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people (LGBTIs), but that’s an understatement. A more realistic list is 81, including Indonesia, where two large provinces outlaw homosexual acts, as well as political entities that aren’t fully accepted by the international community; Gaza/Palestine; the Turkish-controlled northern portion of Cyprus; and the Cook Islands, a self-governing country whose residents all have citizenship in New Zealand. On 11 December, 2013, that total increased by one – to 82 countries with anti-homosexuality laws – when the Supreme Court of India reversed a lower court ruling that had suspended enforcement of the law. But in January 2014, North Cyprus repealed its law, thus returning the total to 81.

The total would actually be 82 countries if you were to include Russia, which does not have a law against homosexual acts but is in the midst of an anti-gay crackdown on the basis of its new law against “gay propaganda.”

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