Living through extraordinary times guides humans to make extraordinary images. This first major exhibition about the global impact of queer identities on the evolution of portrait photography brings together works from WCMA’s collection alongside over two-hundred images from social media. Spanning two galleries and sixty-years of photography—from a 1953 candid of Jack Kerouac taken by Allen Ginsberg to Instagram selfies taken two months ago—possible selves considers the links between art photography and the vernacular forms of the snapshot and digital reproduction, and the ways global queer communities are being created through visual technologies. Across these visualizations of transition, translation, transgression, and fluidity, the exhibition explores the possibility for something transcendent, something political, something sensual, something queer, to exists in the quotidian moments of human existence.
Support for this project generously provided by the WCMA Exhibition & Publication Fund