Ahlam Shibli احلام شبلي

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Eastern LGBT

International, 2004 / 06
series of 37 photographs, 37.8 x 57.6 cm; 57.6 x 37.8 cm; 70 x 100 cm; 100 x 70 cm, gelatine silver prints; chromogenic prints

LGBT is an acronym signifying Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. The work depicts people from Oriental societies such as Pakistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey, or Somalia, who left their places of birth because their original societies prevented them from living according to their sexual preferences, or to inhabit the gendered body in which they feel at home. In a foreign place, and sometimes only on weekends in a club, they seek conditions that allow them to be who they want to be.

The pictures of Eastern LGBT were taken in 2004 and 2006 in Zurich, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, and London.