PRINCESSES OF SHEBA AT NIGHT

‬A documentary project by Jean-Christophe Husson (photography)

and Delphine Gubert (texts)

Digital prints, texts silk screened with gold leaf


Exhibitions:

- AMSTERDAM / IHLIA LGBT HERITAGE SQUARE / OBA Public Library

January - March 2018

- PARIS / TOWN HALL 3rd district
March - April 2018


A photographic journey throughout Europe about the Muslim LGBTQ+ community

This photographies project tells the life of young people based in Marseilles, France. Among this group, while most of them come from Maghreb countries, some grew up in France. But all, have Muslim religion or culture. They agreed to pose in front of our camera and testified. THE LOTHEIDOSCOPE PROJECT is a photographic journey throughout Europe about the Muslim LGBTQ+ community. Most of Western-Europe and the larger cities in the USA are relatively accepting towards the LGBTQ+ community; the issues that gay and trans people face are minor in comparison to countries where acting out as a homosexual or transgender can lead to a prison sentence, torture and in some cases death. 

With this photography project, we want to present the lonely and often complex stories of LGBTQ+ people with a Muslim religious or cultural background. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people with a Muslim background fear more difficulties when disclosing their sexuality and still have to hide their ‘true lives’ from family, colleagues and even ‘friends’. Some fear of homophobia, transphobia and any other kind of exclusion. Many ‘choose’ or in other words ‘have to’ leave their family and community. All people that are being photographed now live in the Western part of the world. Via this first series, a combination of photographs and texts, we take a look at how they can openly live in their sexual identity and gender identity. Our creative process aims to focus on the narratives about their identity, struggles, and dreams. A photographic medium is a tool in the journey of self-construction, a way to find self-acceptance. It is a mirror game between the portrayed person and the public, where each one is encouraged to reach out to the other party. Regarding the project (temporary) title “Lothéidoscope” is a contraction of two French words. In the Koranic text, Loth is the prophet sent by Allah to remind God's law to whom may transgress it, while practicing homosexuality. Within the Kaléidoscope occur an infinite number of combinations. It gives concrete while symbolic illustration on how one can create something new, from simply reorganizing differently something that existed before. “Lothéidoscope” is a concept that unifies words that indicate opposites.

No Land For Love

This project introduces the particular, fragile and mostly undocumented situation of LGBTQ asylum seekers. 
European countries are relatively accepting towards LGBTQ+ community. Yet, the fight against the preconceptions and violence these people fled from, might be a lengthy process. These women and men had to flee their countries, facing violent discrimination that started within their own families. They were sometimes forced into marriage or raped by a close relative, forced to leave their houses, their town, finally their country, and often their children. Frequently, they had to escape from human trafficking. Because of their cultural and/or religious background, and because of the traumatic experiences they went through, it is very difficult and distressing for them to talk openly about their sexual orientation. Thus, they often fail to make a clear case to the authorities, who which tend to overlook this essential point in assessing their situations. Dedicated foundations across Europe are doing a remarkable work, providing orientation, social and legal support, and taking action for a change in the authorities attitude towards them. Every asylum seeker has to endure expectation, uncertainty, precariousness, for one, two, sometimes up to seven years. In addition to this, members of the LGBTQ community have to put up with the discriminations from their own fellow citizens, the lack of knowledge among the european society regarding the hardships they fled from, and the fear of disclosing their sexual orientation.C’est un projet artistique au long cours, dont la première étape est une exposition à la biblio- thèque OBA Oosterdok, à Amsterdam, du 18 avril au 8 juin 2019, avec le soutien de l’asso- ciation IHLIA LGBT Heritage.

Le photographe Jean-Christophe Husson a débuté son travail sur les minorités LGBTQ+ à Marseille, il y a deux ans. Aujourd’hui installé aux Pays-Bas, il s’est associé avec la productrice Andrea Wainer pour continuer ce projet dans la durée.

L’ objectif de ce projet est de sensibiliser le public européen à la situation spécifique des de- mandeurs d’asile LGBTQ+. Ils utilisent comme moyens narratifs la photographie, la vidéo, la performance, afin de partager les histoires singulières de ces hommes et ces femmes.

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