The Art of Being Queer Exhibition - Severus Heyn

We are honoured to have Severus Heyn in the lineup for The Art of Being Queer Exhibition with “Fast Food”.

Artist Statement:

My name is Severus Heyn, I’m 27 years old, from Germany, preferred pronouns he/him/his, and I’m a self-taught illustrator.

I draw since I can remember, but in recent years due to many different collaborations with other queer artists, I suddenly came to terms with being part of this lovely rainbow community. Other artists taught me through their work how to shred toxic masculinity (not that I’m anywhere close to the goal) and question my stance of my own sexuality; for that I’m forever grateful to the art and the artists.

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.