@jonathandavidsmyth - The Art of Being Queer - BLOG 4

Today's fabulous queer artist feature is @jonathandavidsmyth


Jonathan David Smyth (b. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1987) is an artist who works with photography, video, performance, and incorporated text.  In 2010, he earned a BA with Honours in photography and film from Edinburgh Napier University.  In 2014, he attended Parsons School of Design where he attained an MFA in photography.  Smyth has exhibited in galleries and venues in the United States and abroad.  He lives and works in New York City.


I obsessively write, record, and document my life. As an adopted child in Northern Ireland, I was only too aware of the differences between my family and my friends at school. For years, I wasn’t allowed to talk about my adoption, and it made me feel angry and ashamed. I came out as gay at fourteen. I moved out of my parents’ house at sixteen. I then began to be honest through photography in the hope that other people might relate to my story, too. I am no longer ashamed, but I use the memory of feeling inadequate and out-of-place as a starting point for my artwork. 

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