Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners
9th June 2023 – 7th July 2023
Guts Gallery
Unit 2 Sidings House,
10 Andre Street, Hackney,
London, E8 2AA
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Guts Gallery is excited to present ‘Saints and Sinners,’ a group show of LGBTQIA+ identifying artists exploring what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in an age where we increasingly see the physical closure of safe spaces.

Throughout history, LGBTQIA+ identifying artists have often been barred from seeing their lived experiences represented and recognised by arts institutions. Guts Gallery believes that art, like all things, should accurately reflect society. The work within ‘Saints and Sinners’ is disruptive – it actively forces viewers out of their comfort zones and forces them to engage with the historical and present-day societal injustices that LGBTQIA+ people have faced and continue to face every day.

Saints and Sinners
Samantha Nye, Piss Pool, 2021
Photography by Eva Herzog Photography
Courtesy of Guts Gallery and Candice Madey Gallery

‘Saints and Sinners’ is a celebration of LGBTQIA+ people. It seeks to recognise and platform LGBTQIA+ artists to foster community and a sense of unity. The artists in this show refuse to be silenced in the face of societal neglect and prejudice; instead, they have joined together to present themselves as brilliant, diverse and unique complex individuals that make up the foundations of the community.

Through making, these artists are able to access unbridled self-expression and, in doing so, can resist and reject the heteronormative institutions of power that seek to suppress and erase those that don’t fit into its rigid structures and binary frameworks. The exhibition will take an intersectional lens, inviting artists, speakers and visitors alike, to open discourse on the prejudices creating barriers within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Saints and Sinners
Elsa Rouy Dancing On Broken Ankles, 2023
Photography by Eva Herzog Photography
Courtesy of Guts Gallery and Candice Madey Gallery

“Although visibility helps redress a representational inequality, it does nothing on its own to achieve redistributive justice.”

Shon Faye, The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice

“We deserve to have our wrongdoing represented as much as our heroism, because when we refuse wrongdoing as a possibility for a group of people, we refuse their humanity. That is to say, queers—real-life ones— do not deserve representation, protection, and rights because they are morally pure or upright as a people. They deserve those things because they are human beings, and that is enough.”

Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House

“Without community there is no liberation.”

Audre Lorde, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House

Exhibiting artists:

Shadi Al-Atallah, Ivie Bartlett, Hilary Harkness, Peter Hujar, Doron Langberg, Lío Mehiel x Wynne Neilly, Sergio Miguel, Samantha Nye, Catherine Opie, Juan Arango Palacios, Elsa Rouy, Jakob Rowlinson, Ara Tucker, Rafał Zajko.

THU 29 JUN, 7-8PM

Guts Gallery and QUEERCIRCLE present an informal conversation delving into the relationship between queerness and the art world. Join us tor an uncomind talk where we aim to initiate a constructive dialodue. discussind the hurdies and possibilities encountered by queer indivIduals in today’s art scene. together, we seek to create an inclusive space that encourages an open exchange of ideas, exploring the complex journeys of queer artists and acknowledging the obstacles they face. Let’s celebrate the diverse range of queer voices and shed light on the challenges while embracing the opportunities within the realm of contemporary art.

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