Deborah Kelly & Tina Fiveash: Hey, Hetero!

Artist Statement by Deborah Kelly

Hey Heteto! Deborah Kelly
Hey, Hetero! Tina Fiveash and Deborah Kelly, 2015

Hey Heteto! by Deborah Kelly, 2015
Hey, Hetero! Tina Fiveash and Deborah Kelly, 2015

The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art presents the group exhibition Ident-alter-ity, June 17 – July 31, 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Deborah Kelly & Tina Fiveash’s collaborative work Hey Hetero! (2001) was invited to be a part of the exhibition and Deborah Kelly convinced the curators to let her remake Hey Hetero! in Greek.

Deborah Kelly is a Melbourne-born, Sydney-based artist. This is her artist statement about the art work:

Hey Hetero!

After three decades of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activism in Australia, defence of heterosexual hegemony remains unspoken and entrenched. Heterosexuality is horizonless, unselfconscious, invisible as whiteness. While basic human rights gains have been won for non- heterosexuals, heterosexuality still confers first class citizenship in many areas of law, relationships and social status. Meanwhile, much of the queer community is depoliticised and lulled into passivity.

Implementation

Hey, Hetero! is a public art project first produced as the major visual arts event of the 2001 Sydney Gay+Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

The artists wanted a provocative and seductive work to appear throughout the city, in billboards, bus shelters, free postcards and in the news. Many people helped the dream come true.

Deborah Kelly conceived the project and collaborated with photographer Tina Fiveash to make the six pieces. Together, we collaborated with the many heterosexual models who appear in the pictures, whose wholehearted endorsement of the project gives it its soul.

Hey, Hetero! returns the gaze at heterosexuality: the privileged sexuality which makes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movements both possible and necessary. In the form of simulated mainstream ‘advertisements’, the artwork invites heterosexuality into public discourse. We’re surrounded, and scrutinised minutely, by state, church, our own nervous neighbours. Hey, Hetero! seeks to interrogate the great silences that support the solidity of hegemony, to manifest the invisible, to address directly those who need not speak their name.
By simulating advertising and occupying its spaces, the project seeks access to the public attention accorded to commercial messages and denied to ‘Art’. Hey, Hetero! is a trojan horse, an agent provocateur, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It mimics and destabilises the conventions of advertising. This work has appeared in illuminated bus shelters, on street billboards, on free postcards, in newspapers, on radio, and in print publications and text books around the world.

Hey, Hetero! appeared at the 2001 Feast Festival in Adelaide, in ‘Week without Violence’ in Wellington, New Zealand in 2002, throughout Melbourne in 2002, and as broadcast TV ads with Melbourne’s Channel 31. It was the headline visual arts project of Glasgay in 2006, appearing throughout the Glasgow subway system, was shown in galleries in Berlin and Nicosia, Cyprus in 2007. In 2011, 1,500 copies of the works were plastered around Claremont California by students there, and in 2015 it was invited to participate in the Thessaloniki Biennale by the Greek State Museum.

The project is taught in schools and tertiary institutions across Australia and internationally in various disciplines: anthropology, sociology, visual arts, media/ communications and cultural studies.

Hey, Hetero! won the 2001 Mardi Gras Arts Award.

[The works (from top to bottom of this page) read:
Hey, hetero*! MEMBERSHIP – Priviledges. *Accepted World Wide!
Hey, hetero! Have a baby. NO NATIONAL DEBATE
Hey, hetero! When they say family they mean you!
Hey, hetero! With your eyes closed. NO FEAR! NO DANGER! NO WORRIES!
Hey, hetero! get Married BECAUSE YOU CAN!
Hey, hetero! BASHERS TARGET – STRAIGHTS in 0.05% of sexuality-motivated attacks
]

Hey Heteto! by Deborah Kelly, 2015
Hey, Hetero! Tina Fiveash and Deborah Kelly, 2015

Hey Heteto! by Deborah Kelly, 2015
Hey, Hetero! Tina Fiveash and Deborah Kelly, 2015

About Ident-alter-ity

Ident-alter-ity, The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2015. The concept of otherness, of the strange or the different is inherent within our identity. In an age that has seen a rise in neo-conservatism, racist, homophobic, lesbophobic and transphobic behaviours, attacks against women and discrimination based on race, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity, Ident-alter-ity is a group exhibition addressing the issues of gender and self-determination. Participating artists: Lynda Benglis (US), Ursula Biemann (CH), Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz (CH-DE/DE), Marianne Darlen Solhaugstrand (NO), Yevgeniy Fiks (RU/US), Kostis Fokas (GR/UK), Hector de Gregorio (UK), Igor Grubic (HR), David Hockney (UK), Deborah Kelly & Tina Fiveash (AU), Majida Khattari (MA/FR), Carlos Motta (CO/US), Slava Mogutin (RU/US), Natasha Papadopoulou (GR), Antonis Protopatsis (GR), Wolfgang Tillmans (DE/UK), Boryana Rossa – Oleg Mavromatti (BG/US-RU), Milica Tomic (RS).
Curators: Theodore Markoglou, Art Historian – Curator at the State Museum of Contemporary Art and Syrago Tsiara, Art Historian – Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki

Hey Heteto! by Deborah Kelly, 2015
Hey, Hetero! Tina Fiveash and Deborah Kelly, 2015

Hey Heteto! by Deborah Kelly, 2015
Hey, Hetero! Tina Fiveash and Deborah Kelly, 2015

The Other Side of LGBT Relationships

Hinda Schuman: a call for models
Photo courtesy of Hinda Schuman.

Call for LGBT People Who Will Praticipate In a Photography Project

Philadelphia based photographer looking for recently divorced/seperated LGBT couples who would be willing to pose in a public space that is meaningful to you. Prefer a willingness to be photographed together; but separately is possible.
* Legal marriage not required – self defined couples now uncoupled.
If interested please contact:

Hinda Schuman
http://hindaschuman.net
215 313 3119
FACEBOOK: Hinda Schuman

Book Project: PAARE 2 by Anja Müller

Pre-order the Beautiful Photography Book

German photographer and queer woman Anja Müller has created a crowdfunding project to fund the publication of her next photography book: PAARE 2 (Couples), an erotic photography book. You can help fund this publication by pre-ordering a copy Anja Müller’s beautiful photography book at the crowdfunding page.

Photo by Anja Müller

Photo from PAARE 2 by Anja Müller

PAARE 2 by Anja Müller

Cover of PAARE 2 by Anja MüllerAnja Müller’s recent photography project PAARE 2 (Couples) is now turned into a 192 pages long book showing intimate, powerful, exciting, poetic, tender and loving photos of 40 couples, gay and straight, young and old, having sex, hugging, kissing, teasing each other, or simply cuddling.

Nudity means to expose oneself, physically and mentally. It means to show personality and to feel the emotional presence of your partner. Müller’s pictures are full of affection and devotion. The photographer documents intimacy and fondness, not voyeurism. Her couples affect each other, the photographer and the viewer.

Anja Müller’s photography is placed in between enactment and authenticity. She produces a secure setting in which the couples feel comfortable. All kisses are real kisses. All physical contact is real contact, which the couples chose to engage in.

The viewers don’t know how long the couples have been dating. They don’t know how old they are, where they are from, how they met, or what they do for a living. Nevertheless they get the feeling that they do know the couples and that they understand how they function. They can feel their love for each other.

Sometimes melancholic, sometimes euphoric, sometimes passionate, humorous, or pragmatic, set in a bedroom, a kitchen, or a corridor: Anja Müller’s pictures reveal that there are many ways to love each other, physically and emotionally.

Illustration above right: The cover of PAARE 2 by Anja Müller

Photo by Anja Müller
Photo from PAARE 2 by Anja Müller

Photo by Anja Müller
Photo from PAARE 2 by Anja Müller

Photo by Anja Müller
Photo from PAARE 2 by Anja Mülle

About Anja Müller

Photographer Anja Müller is a professional photographer who loves working with people making special portraits of them; she has already published a number of photography books featuring her portraits and nude photographs: Frauen 2 (2010), Mittendrin (2008), Ichdich (2006), 60plus (2002), Männer (2001), Frauen (2000). Read more about her photography books at Anja Müller’s website. Anja Müller is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Related Link

Video ‘Ein kurzer film über das schönsehen‘ (in German) about Anja Müller and her photography project PAARE (Couples).

A Pop Up Walking Tour Performance in California

The Ecosexuals, 2015
Press photo.

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens: ‘By shifting the metaphor from “Earth as mother” to “Earth as lover” we aim to entice people to develop a more mutual, pleasurable, sustainable, and less destructive relationship with the environment.’

June 21 & June 28, 2015
Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens presents:

HERE COME THE ECOSEXUALS!

A Pop Up Walking Tour Performance: Bernal Hill Walking Tours & An Ecosexual Contingent in the SF Pride Parade, California, USA.

For performance details and how you can participate in the Ecosexual contingent in the Pride Parade: www.theEcosexuals.org

The No Outsiders Classroom: An LGBT Critical Art Project


This video is about a group of students in an LGBT cohort who explored these themes via a critical art project called the No Outsiders Classroom.

“Social justice is a broad concept with varying interpretations, but generally it means leveling the playing field. It’s not so much about creating opportunities as it is removing barriers. It acknowledges that privilege for one group or individual comes at the expense of another, and that society has a responsibility to address that inequity.”