Photo: Mengwen Cao / TRNK
Last year during Pride Month, Tariq Dixon, the co-founder of the home furnishings studio TRNK, curator of the magnificent exhibition Mine to raise black and brown queer voices. This year, Dixon expands his vision with a new curation, Selected, which is based on conversation Mine started and reflects on the community’s experiences in 2020.
“It’s about celebrating the nuances and diversity of queer identity, beyond traditional understandings and representations,” Dixon said. “The subject of Selected, which focuses on the ways queer people have redefined family beyond biology, struck us as particularly timely after the year we’ve all just lived.
Selected presents “chosen families” within the LGBTQ + space, illustrating daily acts of love and intimacy. Photo curation is a testament to how many members of the LGBTQ + community redefine family after being rejected by themselves. It features the work of eight queer artists of color: Myles Loftin, Coyotes Park, Clifford Price King, Groana Melendez, Golden, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombero, Mengwen Cao, and Ka-Man Tse.
“To be both queer and of color, just living our truths is an inherently political act,” Dixon says. “But it shouldn’t be. The more we amplify those voices and celebrate how these artists (and larger queer communities) are reshaping the world, the sooner we can all enjoy a safer, more loving, and more inclusive society.
Dixon collaborated with Alyssa Nitchun, executive director of the LGBT-focused association Leslie-Lohman Art Museum, to bring the project to life. The works of art will be on display in the museum until August 1 as part of a rotating exhibition.
“It is essential that the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art be an institutional voice for a great change in representation and lead by example, providing opportunities for queer artists and creatives of color to show their work,” says Nitchun.
Images are available for purchase, framed and unframed, with prices starting at $ 150. Proceeds from sales will be divided among the artists, with 25% going to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.
See all works available for purchase below.
Photo: Clifford Price King / TRNK
“WITHOUT TITLE (PHOTO ALBUM), 2014”
Photo: Groana Melendez / TRNK
“MORNING AFTER” TEE PARK & COYOTE PARK, OCTOBER 2020 ”
Photo: Coyote Park / TRNK
“I REMEMBERED A CHAMPION MEANS GIVING IT TO THE SKY”
Photo: Golden / TRNK
“WITHOUT TITLE (PRINCE’S CHAMBER)”
Photo: Myles Loftin / TRNK
” CHINA. PLACETAS, CUBA. 2017 ”
Photo: ALEXIS RUISECO-LOMBERA / TRNK
Photo: Ka-Man Tse / TRNK