Joseph Abbati - The Art of Being Queer

Tonight's queer artist feature is Joseph Abbati

Joseph Abbati’s work addresses concerns over visibility and body-positive celebration in the queer community. His paintings have focused on queer male pleasure, gaze, and desire. He is interested in the ways that social standards (on social media especially) pressure queer men themselves to fit into heteronormative expectations. This self-censorship may bring shame to queer men when they cannot express who they are. Queer men must continue to be seen without constantly questioning their place in society and how they are judged. Our lives are part of the greater human condition and what we share with the world adds to the depth of our understanding of what it means to be human. His works act as an archive of the queer experience.

Joseph Abbati

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