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Image: Thanh Vuong from In my garden, the trees are changing

The 2021 Head On Photo Festival is on the horizon with a broad cross-section of genres and themes. It’s a great time to draw your attention to some of this year’s featured exhibitions from LGBTIQA+ photographers and community. Here’s a taster.

Thanh Vuong is a Melbourne-based, Vietnamese-Australian artist who explores gender politics and the representation of queer identities, masculinity and the male body. His exhibition In my garden, the trees are changing contributes to the rich tapestry of homoerotic art. 


Image: Jamie James from Humans being

Non-binary, independent photographer Jamie James’ presents Humans being. Jamie’s work, held in state, national and international collections, spans three decades and is informed by how people connect, hold memory, and find identity and place. This exhibition is a personal selection from their extensive archive of queer and sex radical/fetish performance social documentary photography.


Image: François Silvestre de Sacy from Are you recording?

And to finish off, François Silvestre de Sacy shares the personal stories of China’s queer community in Are you recording? Even though homosexuality is no longer a crime on the mainland, people find more freedom in Taiwanese nightclubs. Here the subjects of François’ photos divulge their thoughts about their sexual orientation and hopes for the future in their country.

Head On Photo Festival 2021 launches on Friday, 19 November. Join us then for the announcement of this year’s Head On  Photo Awards.  Exhibitions run online and in-person in Sydney until Sunday, 28 November.

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