The Art of Being Queer - AGX

We are excited to be featuring AGX's queer short ACID RAIN at The Art of Being Queer Exhibition.

Artist Statement:

My name is AJ Nichols and I am the founder of Avant-Garde Expression, or AGX. AGX is a queer clothing brand that makes collections of androgynous clothing / streetwear, as well as lots of thematic videos that are meant to empower queer people by telling their stories in an artistic way. I started the brand in February 2018 here in Boston after several internships with designers (most notably with Project Runway S15 Competitor Nathalia JMag) as well as an internal passion to create androgynous clothing fueled by years of struggle with gender identity (I am gender fluid, but go by she/her pronouns). Our new video series, which is leading up to the release of our third collection of clothing, explores the struggles we face as queer people and talks about how we can overcome them. 

ACID RAIN is a tribute to queer youth fighting gender roles and being authentically themselves, and a statement about the corrosive nature of gender roles themselves to queer self-esteem and self-expression. Additionally, the new clothing is fully unisex and comes in a spectrum of options with dysphoria-alleviating design elements.

The Art of Being Queer Exhibition explores and celebrates queer artists and their work from around the globe. It provides an identity experience through which we assimilate the ongoing fight for queer representation not only in the art industry, but in mainstream media as a whole. This exhibition is curated by The Art of Being Queer, a growing organisation and podcast that highlights the censorship queer artists of all mediums face every day, and provides a platform on which these artists can showcase their work that is otherwise underrepresented, rejected, or hidden altogether.

The exhibition features multiple artists, all of whom have had different societal experiences and individual sets of struggles linked to their identity. Through art of many types, these brave artists demonstrate that identity, in its purest form, is not defined by biology or culture, but by what is felt within.

The exhibition takes place at Pineapple Black Gallery on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September during Middlesbrough Art Weekender. We would love for you to join us for our launch event on Friday 27th September, 5pm-8pm.

Middlesbrough Pop Up Pride is also taking place the same weekend. Throughout the afternoon, the Outdoor stage will be packed full of live performances. The line-up will be announced on the event page linked above! Alongside the performances, expect street theatre, arts and crafts, workshops and all the stalls and bars of Orange Pip Market. There will also be excellent nightlife events by Sapphires and Tiny through to the early hours.