The Art of Being Queer Exhibition - Chorusofbody

We are honoured to have three original pieces from @Chorusofbody in The Art of Being Queer Exhibition!

Artist Statement:

I am Emre Keskin, Istanbul based painter and experimental photographer. I've never believed to belong to a single title. Because I don't think it's right to define myself in this "diversity".

The city I live in; It has always influenced me with its noise, intensity and volatilty. These integral parts are the most important elements that make up my personality and art. Thats why I always wanted to be different in my oil paintings and photographs. I’m not pushing myself what to do. When the time came, they found me. My photographs have been exhibited in various locations and some areas for 5 years. The Art of Being Queer Exhibition will be the first exhibition that is part of my paintings.

Images the paintings were inspired by:

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.