Laurence Philomène: no girls / no boys / no nothin’

Opening: Saturday, May 18, 2018 // 7 p.m.
May 18–June 15
Nośna Gallery, 9a/9b Zabłocie St., Cracow

Roses, pastels, yellows, oranges, turquoises. There is a whole spectrum of colors between white and black. Similarly with the gender – apart from the traditional binary division into men and women, there are identities that exist beyond and above this order. The exhibition no girls / no boys / no nothin’ is the first presentation of the works of the Canadian artist Laurence Philomène in Poland. Philomène devoted a large part of their creative activity to portraying those defying the division on two opposing sex categories. Alone, being a non-binary queer person, they feels the lack of representation of this group in public space, the media and visual arts. Through their art, they thus gives voice to those, who place themselves outside of biological sex identifications – their relatives, friends and acquaintances; their bodies and their expression.

At the exhibition, we will see artist’s most juicy and colorful works. As Philomène points out, color is one of the key elements of her photography. Thanks to it, they not only neatly manipulates the dream-camp climate of the photograph, but also explores the effects that different colours have on a viewer’s interpretation of an image, as well as addressing the dynamics and historical gendering of color.

Laurence Philomène – Laurence is an emerging non-binary photographer, director and curator living in Montreal/Toronto. Working around themes of colour theory, queerness and gender identity. Previously mentored by Ivan Shaw (excutive photo director at Vogue) and Ramaa Mosley (Splendid & Co). Curator of the Coven Collective & Camp Gallery.

fot. Michalina Rolnik