For the Love of Freedom: Pride

Pride is a photo exhibition portraying gay history and the democratic struggle for gay rights from 1972 to the present. It is a part of the exhibition For the Love of Freedom at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway. Pride present a chronological caleidoscope of the political efforts, street demonstrations, parties and gatherings that were carried out by the gay communities and other supporters of gay rights. This material has been compiled from the archives of Leif Pareli of The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the gay publication Blikk and The National Archives of Norway.

For the Love of Freedom

For the Love of Freedom at the Museum of Cultural History is University of Oslo’s main venue marking the Bicentennial of the Norwegian Constitution. For the Love of Freedom consists of eight exhibitions: The Heavy Load; Stairway to Heaven; The Arena of Freedom; Minus Five; The Fifth Room; Pride; Hells Angels and The Forbidden Lounge. Read more about the other exhibtions at the museum’s website. Photo-artist Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty and Professor Svein Harald Gullbekk were given a cartè-blanchè to curate an exhibition which explores the limits and possibilities of freedom, as seen at the crossroads where art and science meet. For the Love of Freedom runs to the end of the year.

About The Curator Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty

Photo-artist and curator Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty is currently working at The Museum of Cultural History at The University of Oslo. She studied at Eastbourne College of Art & design in Sussex, UK and has worked with her photo projects since the middle of the 80′ies. Lill-Ann has published five books. Her book, ‘Gay Kids’ (an anthology) which was published as a part of her Gay Kids art project(2008), is now on the curriculum of the Oslo primary schools.

Gay Kids Exhibition Coming Up In Horten, Norway

The Preus Museum in Norway is for the third time organizing the one day photo event titled ‘Fotografiens Dag’ celebrating Nordic photography with exhibitions and a seminar in August 2009. This year the theme is family photos.Photographer Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty’s project ‘Gay Kids’ can be seen in Horten, Noway, at ‘Fotografiens Dag’ on August 16, 2009.

For her project Lill-Ann has selected private snapshots from gay people’s family photo albums. She tells that she has collected photos from the whole country to show that gay genes do not only appear in downtown Oslo, but there are gay children all over Norway. The ‘Gay Kids’ exhibition show photos of children before they knew much about their sexuality and sexual preferences.

You can also hear Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty as the first guest speaker talk of the seminar of ‘Fotografiens Dag’. She will be talking about Gay Kids.

Fotografiets dag 2009
August 16, 2009, 12:00 – 18:00
Kulturparken Kaljohansvern, Horten, Norway

Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty
Lill-Ann is a professional photographer. She was born in England, has studied at Eastbourne College of Art & design in Sussex and is now working at The Museum of Cultural History at The University of Oslo. She worked with her photo projects since the middle of the 80′ies and has published five books. Her book ‘Gay Kids’ (an anthology), which was published as a part of her Gay Kids art project, is now on the curriculum of the Oslo primary schools.

Read Also
Another post about Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty: ‘Gay Kids, XXL women, Vikings, Lesbian, Cowboys and Babooskas by Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty’:

Related Links
Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty’s webgallery
The ‘Gay Kids’ project on wikipedia

Gay Kids, XXL women, Vikings, Lesbian, Cowboys and Babooskas by Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty

Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty, http://www.lusty.no/

t.A.K.e 2 lesbians in school uniforms and you are about to move into queer photographer Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty’s visual world. Lill-Ann is a humorous fine art photographer living in Norway. Her models are characters such as XXL women, vikings, lesbian, Norwegian cowboys or Bulgarian babooskas. In 2005 she made the “t.A.K.e 2″ [lesbians] show, which features photos of real live lesbians dressed in cute miniskirts.

Lill-Ann was born in England, has studied at Eastbourne College of Art & design in Sussex and is now working at The Museum of Cultural History at The University of Oslo. She has worked with photo projects since the middle of the 80′ies and has published five books: “Kroppens sug, hjertets savn”, “Pål LaRoid – med dame i siktet”, “Norge – helt Texas”, “Absolutt Viking” and “Gay Kids”. Her latest book “Gay Kids – Kule barn som også finnes” (ISBN: 978-82-793-5262-4, published 2008) is a non-fiction book, which she has made together with Bera Ulstein Moseng and Rolf Martin Angeltved.

Gay Kids
Lill-Ann was asking herself and her friends, if you can tell the future of a child? Will a boy, who dressed up in a skirt as a child, be gay man? Will a tomboy be lesbian, when she grows up. The “Gay Kids”, which orginally was intented to be an art project, is an attempt to educate children about homosexual love, and at the launch of book the front of The Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo was covered with a long open air collage showing more than 100 childhood photos of gay people. The pioneering Norwegian gay activist Kim Friele is one of the many gay people in Oslo, who has contributed to the book and the photo montage.

Spotlight - Eight Women Photographers From The Preus Museum Collection
The Preus Museum in Horten, Norway, is showing a series of Lill-Ann’s photos of Bulgarian babooskas at the moment. Her photos are a part of the show “Spotlight – Eight Women Photographers from the Preus Museum Collection”, which runs until October 25, 2009. The museum tells that the history of photography has been written with an emphasis primarily on male photographers, but since the 19th century photography has been regarded as an important profession for women too, and women photographers have made major contributions to the history of the discipline. The show turns a spotlight on eight women photographers, who figure in the Preus Museum collection, representing a total time span of 140 years. Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty is the only contemporary artist of the show. The other (late) photographers are Julia Margaret Cameron, Ellisif Wessel, Bolette Berg, Madame d’Ora, Lotte Jacobi, Elisabeth Meyer and lesbian photographer Ruth Bernhard.

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Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty’s online portfolio

Gay kids : kule barn som også finnes
By Rolf Martin Angeltvedt, Bera Ulstein Moseng and photographer Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty
ISBN: 978-82-793-5262-4
Forlag: Abstrakt
Read more about ‘Gay Kids’ on Wikipedia