As part of LGBTQ+ history month, Brixton’s Tate Library is hosting “Our Collective Voice”, an exhibition of photographs representing the lock-down experiences of Black, Asian and other LGBTQ+ ethnic minorities.
The show is part of a wider research project and is designed to illuminate the issues faced by under-represented communities.
The collection is divided into eight themes and the individual photographs are accompanied by narratives setting out the context or providing more information about the image. Some of these are straightforward; for example “Collective Voice + We Demand” is about the need for a greater voice and representation and a more diverse and inclusive approach from public bodies.
Others are more complex and personal, exploring issues such as identity and cultural imperatives, secrecy, shame and the commodification of bodies. It is a candid, honest and instructive exposition of the issues LGBTQ+ people face every day. It does not shrink from difficult subjects, but it also reflects joy and strength. Overall the aim is to increase understanding; to recognise and respect the many and varied LGBTQ+ individuals’ needs and journeys through life.
Using photographic images is a very effective and immediate way to highlight a wide range of issues and this exhibition succeeds in telling many stories at once. Go and see it if you can.
The exhibition is free and runs until 28 February in the Tate Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ. For further information call 020 7926 1058 or visit here
You can also listen to Photovoice Podcasts Queer POC Voices from Lockdown here https://anchor.fm/lamq