The Artist Talkshow – 6 to gender or not to gender…

The Artist Talk Show – to gender or not to gender…

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 4.p.m. (CEST)

The Artist Talk Show is a weekly talk show in which photographers, scientists, journalists and other guests discuss the theme of BredaPhoto 2020: ‘the best of times, the worst of times’. Each week, one topic will be discussed, using the work of photographers who exhibit at BredaPhoto 2020.

Jonas van der Haegen

Soraya Zaman

Dandelion Eghosa

Laurence Rasti

Jonas van der Haegen is a queer artist whose work functions as a visual research in the artist’s personal life and interests which touch on subjects like sexuality, identity and relationships. His work questions how we approach gender and sexuality in the 21st century in the frame of freedom or the influence of the internet. The series ‘Love, fuck & pray’ was made in 2018 – 2019 in collaboration with the LGBTQIAP+ center in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan. This work is a visual research about gay sexuality and the male body in Tokyo.

Australian photographer Soraya Zaman lives and works as a fashion photographer in New York, after a career in real estate. Zaman chooses to define herself gender neutral and uses the third person plural in English: they/their. Her work therefore focuses mainly on everything that has to do with gender identity and sexuality. Inclusivity is an important theme, which is also increasingly reflected in Zaman’s commercial assignment work.

Dandelion Eghosa is a non-binary visual artist who works with various visual media and focuses on everyday life in marginalized identities of the Afro-LGBTQ +- community in particular. With collages consisting of analogue processed photography, acrylic paint and embroidery, she wants to draw attention in this project to the experiences of African LGBT people. With this she makes a clear distinction between their desire for sexuality and their identity as self-expression and political autonomy.

The Swiss photographer with Iranian parents Laurence Rasti went to Turkey to photograph Iranian gay refugees in the Turkish city of Denizli. In poetic images she portrays men and women not as victims of political oppression, but rather documents their current situation. Rasti searches for her subjects in her own mixed cultural background. Identity is central to her projects. Her project ‘In Iran there are no Homosexuals’, which is shown at BredaPhoto, has been exhibited worldwide and has been successfully published in book form. She lives and works in Geneva.