In 1988, Robert Mapplethorpe’s controversial photography exploring queer sexuality was deemed too shocking and was censored in the United States. From the streets to the halls of power, LGBTQ2S communities continue to face erasure and censorship in expressing how and whom they love. Thirty years on, the debate around artistic freedom and expression Mapplethorpe sparked is more relevant than ever.
Throughout the first week of the festival, Luminato and The 519 are throwing open the doors of their historic venue, and providing a space where the LGBTQ2S community has the right to their own voices as artists and activists – without censorship.
Anyone is invited to participate and offer their own responses to the prompts of Grieve, Rise, and Resist. Art supplies will be provided, along with creative tools to encourage meaningful dialogue about LGBTQ2S censorship that still exists today.