Premiering in September at Berlin‘s Hauptbahnhof, this exhibition puts famous historic faces of the LGBT+ community directly in the face of the masses that pass thru the biggest train station in Berlin.
The exhibition aims to transcend the traditional representation of homosexuals as victims and focuses more on the pioneering achievements of these individuals, thus emphasizing their positive contributions to our world.
This exhibition will showcase 30 specially created portraits of historical personalities with a same-sex orientation, such as mathematician Alan Turing, singer/songwriter Freddy Mercury, and Alexander the Great
The presentation is organized by Holgar Edmaier, managing director of 100% MENSCH, a non-profit organisation which is based in Stuttgart. His „We Are Part Of Culture“ project by 100% MENSCH is planned for the 2017-2018 period and will focus on the historical contributions of gay men and women to European politics and society.
This exhibition will showcase 30 specially created portraits of historical personalities with a same-sex orientation, such as mathematician Alan Turing, singer/songwriter Freddy Mercury, and Alexander the Great – who all made lasting contributions to European culture. The portraits will be created by renowned artists including Ralf König (DE), Robert W. Richards (NYC) and more – all working in various techniques that range from oil paintings and ink drawings to street art and comic style and will be presented in large format illuminated acrylic showcases. The common design element that binds all the artworks into one cohesive group is their colour scheme, with all the portraits being produced exclusively in red, black and white.
Thanks to the collaboration with Deutsche Bahn AG and others, the exhibition will continute to travel to 20 of Germany’s major train stations with stops scheduled in Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich and Dresden and is sure to be seen by many people from all walks of life. As opposed to a conventional gallery or museum setting, these public stations with their egalitarian character and barrier-free accessibility, are the ideal venues for an exhibit that embraces and celebrates diversity.
The texts accompanying the portraits explaining the history of each character, as well as exhibition catalogues will be available in German, English, Russian and Arabic. These particular languages were chosen for very specific reasons – German as the native language of the land, English as the most recognized international language, Russian to promote awareness to a group that has a negative perception of the LGBT+ community, specifically siting recent examples of the anti gay laws Russia as well as the terror camps and murders of our brothers in Chechnya. Also, in Arabic to help teach the inclusive values and a culture of equality to the many newcomers to Germany.
Mark your calendars now and we hope to see you all there at the official opening ceremony of this important exhibition „We Are Part Of Culture“ scheduled for September 27th, 2017 at Berlin Hauptbahnhof. (bb)
More information is available at: www.100mensch.de