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Hidden Perspectives Photo Exhibition Summary

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.

Launch Event

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

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Further examples of photos can be found on social media, including Hidden Perspectives Facebook page, and on @Shkul_report and @HPerspectives on Twitter.

More information

The exhibition was also featured on Sheffield Live News, including an interview with Dr Minna Shkul and Dr Mark Pendleton.

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Hidden Perspectives LGBT Photo Exhibition Launch, Mon 23 February 5-7pm, Jessop West Foyer

Come and celebrate LGBT History Month at the launch of the Hidden Perspectives LGBT Photo Exhibition on Monday 23 February, 5pm in Jessop West Foyer, University of Sheffield.

There’ll be a drinks reception at 5pm, followed by a lecture by Dr Mark Pendleton at 6pm in Jessop Social Space.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! LGBT Photo Exhibition Launch Poster


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Get Involved! LGBT Photo Exhibition to Celebrate LGBT History Month

This is Connor, a University of Sheffield student and an athlete, with his photo for the exhibition.

This is Connor, a University of Sheffield student and an athlete, with his photo for the exhibition.

 

Don’t forget the deadline for submissions to the Hidden Perspectives LGBT Photo Exhibition is 15 February so get your selfies to us ASAP!

Here’s a bit about the exhibition and instructions for submission:

SIIBS Hidden Perspectives Project has joined forces with the University of Sheffield’s LGBT Network to host a photo exhibition on Monday 23 to Friday 27 February to celebrate LGBT life in Sheffield.

The exhibition will bring together local amateur and professional photographers and will showcase images submitted by volunteer contributors to celebrate LGBT lives in Sheffield and diversity at the University.  Artists who submit their work will have the opportunity to add written content to share their thoughts, poems, or questions, by bringing together words and pictures the exhibition seeks to give a platform to LGBT people to express themselves through an artistic process.  The exhibit will also include work by University of Sheffield students on the pioneering interdisciplinary LGBT* Studies module.  The exhibition continues the legacy of previous LGBT projects at the University of Sheffield, celebrating everyday life, milestones in equality and to highlight challenges that the LGBT community face.

The event is organized by Hidden Perspectives Co-Director, and Leader of the LGBT Studies module, Dr Minna Shkul who commented;

“It’s very exciting that the University is celebrating LGBT life in Sheffield with this exhibition, not only will in feature images from the LGBT community at the University but also from Sheffield’s own LGBT residents. The city is a diversely rich one in terms of its communities and I urge Sheffield’s own LGBT community to submit their pictures, visualise their community and take part in a piece of history.”

Hidden Perspectives are asking the LGBT community to send in their photos that celebrate everyday life in Sheffield, photos can highlight social issues affecting the LGBT community, celebrate gender identity or just favourite things about gay life in the city.   Photographs issued can be amateur or professional and will feature in the public gallery exhibition.

Photos should be emailed to lgbtphoto@sheffield.ac.uk with a short paragraph about the photo, how you feel and what it means to be LGBT in Sheffield.  Deadline for submission Sunday 15th February.*

The exhibition will launch on Monday 23 February 5pm with a drinks reception and a lecture at Jessop West Exhibition Space at the University of Sheffield.  The exhibition will then run until Friday 27 February 10am – 6pm.

 

* Contributors who submit their work must agree to the use of the photos in a public exhibition.  Contributors must also have the rights to use the photographs, if taken by professional photographer content must not breach copyright rules. If the photograph is not of the contributor they must seek approval of other people in the photo and their consent for the photo to be exhibited in the event, prior to submission.


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220px-BeautifulboxermovieposterLGBT STUDIES FILM EVENT THU 4 DECEMBER
Student Union Auditorium 19:00
Join us for a FREE film event screening

Thai drama Beautiful Boxer is based on the true story of Nong Toom (Asanee Suwan),
a skilled professional Muay Thai martial artist who was determined to become the best,
not just to escape the grinding poverty of his rural upbringing, but also to fulfil a hidden
desire to undergo a sex change operation and become a woman.

Free Event – No Admission Charge
Open to the public


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Join us for a FREE film event screening

FREE screening of the film ‘Beautiful Boxer’ for Dr Minna Shkul’s University of Sheffield LGBT Studies module. index
Thai drama Beautiful Boxer is based on the true story of Nong Toom (Asanee Suwan), a skilled professional Muay Thai martial artist who was determined to become the best, not just to escape the grinding poverty of his rural upbringing, but also to fulfill a hidden desire to undergo a sex change operation and become a woman.
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It’s on Thurs 4 Dec
7pm
Student Union Auditorium at The University of Sheffield

Free Event – No Admission Charge Open to the public


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Don’t Forget World AIDS Day 2014: Monday 1 December

Hidden Perspectives will be supporting World AIDS Day on the 1st of December with unmissable events. We will be working with the Students Stop AIDS Campaign to host the following:

  • Lecture by Dr Anthony Simpson (University of Manchester) on ‘Christianities, Masculinities and HIV/AIDS in Zambia’, 2-4pm
  • A screening of Pedro Almodovar’s ‘All About My Mother’, 7pm

See the poster below for details:

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