Hidden Perspectives Photo Exhibition
A colourful and engaging photo exhibition featuring 53 artworks submitted by staff and students at the University, and members of the public was on display in the Jessop West foyer during February.
LGBT history month
The curator of the exhibition, Dr Minna Shkul explained, “We wanted to give an opportunity to Sheffield’s LGBT* community to connect with LGBT history, to celebrate, and visualise gay life in the city. All photos were submitted by volunteer contributors following a call on social media, and it has been such a joy and privilege to curate the exhibition.”
The exhibition included both amateur and professional photographs. Contributors reflected deeply on the topic of LGBT history month, queering gender, sharing coming out stories, and visual memories of bullying they have experienced, as well as stories that had inspired them on their journey. Many images celebrated diversity in the Sheffield region, bonds of friendship and romance, and little things that make everyday life worth celebrating, like knitting, cakes, country walks, and gay bars. Among the exhibits was a collection of photos from students and teachers on Sheffield’s new LGBT* Studies module and portfolios of the LGBT Staff Network.
The launch event on Monday 23 February was a great success, as the foyer filled with visitors, including many exhibition contributors and members of the public. The evening’s highlight was Dr Mark Pendleton‘s (East Asian Studies) engaging lecture enjoyed by audience of over 50 people packed into the Jessop West Social Space. Dr Pendleton is one of the teachers on Sheffield’s LGBT* Studies module, and a co-editor of After Homosexual: Legacies of Gay Liberation (2014). His lecture, entitled “Thinking Queer about the Life of James Kirkup: Poet, Conscientious Objector and Japanophile”, explored Kirkup’s controversial life and poetry, and the idea of queering the past.
Examples from the exhibition
The exhibition was also featured on Sheffield Live News, including an interview with Dr Minna Shkul and Dr Mark Pendleton.