C&CS Studies Pt.3 (3)

(This is for Mar 7th)

How controversial are LGBTQ+ artworks?






I intended to do the controversial of LGBT arts, but I found out that the reasons of LGBT artworks help the society made me more interested, so I started to do more work on research my new topic. I leave the website above in order to see whether they will be useful.

Why/how art helps LGBT community?

The subject of art includes a wide range from personal expression to political world issue and beyond. Some artworks are purposed to help different communities include the minority. As one of the photographers, Jess T. Dugan mentioned, he believe deeply in the ability of photography to tell stories, encourage dialogue, and inspire social change (Hardikar 2015).  In this study, it is discussed how art develops to aid on educating the LGBT community and the people not inside the community, showing that LGBT people have not difference with non-LGBT people. Also, it can tell stories inside the community as people don’t talk about it much which it does not seem even exist. One of the examples, Thor Stockman is pictured holding hands with his husband of 3 and a half years and is part of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz’s work, life-size mosaics in New York new Second Avenue subway line (Fonrouge 2016). It shows people more about the LGBT community without the glitter and typical standard. Revealing that gay couple are the same as hetrosexual couple with average-looking body with different age.

Furthermore, it also linked the issue about “typical” in the community. “I also want people to be honest with each other. Berlin is a great place for fun and sex, but nobody wants to accept that they are fucked up and depressed. Nobody speaks about the loneliness of gay people,” said Mischa Badasyan in an interview about his performance art peoject (Nichols 2016).

Hardikar, A. (2015). Making Art to Make a Change: Championing LGBT Artists Across the Country. [online] whitehouse.gov. Available at: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2015/12/07/making-art-make-change-championing-lgbt-artists-across-country [Accessed 25 Mar. 2017].
Fonrouge, G. (2016). Gay couple featured in Second Avenue subway mural. [online] New York Post. Available at: http://nypost.com/2016/12/27/gay-couple-featured-in-second-avenue-subway-mural/ [Accessed 25 Mar. 2017].
Nichols, J. (2016). What This Man Learned From Having Sex With 365 Guys In One Year. [online] The Huffington Post. Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mischa-badasyan-save-the-date_us_57e45516e4b0e80b1ba1411a [Accessed 25 Mar. 2017].



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