10.18.2017

Montana Smith


























































"Montana Smith and Mark Morrisroe met in 1977 as students at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, working closely together in and out of the darkroom.  As prolific and diaristic photographers, each created many portraits of the other. Today, several hundred  portraits of Mark Morrisroe by Montana Smith remain. along with numerous images of other "Boston School" participants: Pat Hearn, Gail Thacker, Laurie Olinder, Steve "Stain" Adelson, and Penelope Place, among many."

“We were both enrolled in a plastics sculpture class with Pat Hearn, who was crafting giant insect wings for one of her early performance pieces, ” Smith recalled. “One evening Mark and I were alone in the workshop while he was imbedding a dead rat in liquid Plexiglas. He always liked to remind me later that, although I chattered on and on about the horrendously putrid smell of his dead rat, I never actually left, and so he ‘knew’ that we would be friends. It was both a test and a microcosm of any friendship with Mark: if you weren’t immediately grossed out by his strange eccentricities, he knew he had found a potentially kindred soul. And although we came from very different backgrounds, we were sort of on a similar wavelength at that time, artistically and socially, involving constant art-making, retro style, a lot of Warholesque marathon telephony, bizarre mail, and a generally subversive approach to life in general. For us it didn’t seem strange to shoot five rolls of film after class, write crank letters to famous artists, go to Brigham’s for ice cream, do the Woolworth’s photo booth, walk over to the S&M bar where Mark bartended, then meet up with friends and stay up all night at a Pasolini or horror film fest.”







9.22.2017

Raymond Dakoua - A Place to Call Their Own

























































































" l' homosexualité dans de nombreuses sociétés a longtemps été un tabou, du non dit.


En effet, si la réalité de l’homosexualité  n’est sans aucun doute pas récente, la visibilité des homosexuels et le débat public autour de cette « question » sont quant à eux plus récents. Cette visibilité est en partie le fait de la volonté d’homosexuels-les qui veulent pouvoir vivre « au grand jour »  - sans nécessairement la revendiquer.

Sur les dix pays qui punissent encore cette «amour interdit» avec une condamnation à mort, quatre sont sur le continent africain.

Dans ce nouveau travail de la communauté LGBT dans deux pays ,dont  le Mozambique qui a récemment dépénalisé l'homosexualité et la Côte d'Ivoire qui passe généralement comme pour une terre d'asile pour la communauté LGTB, hors la réalité un quasi-vide juridique.....

Attiré par le sujet,du nombre croissant de réfugiés LGBT politique en Belgique. Ces personnes ont eu d' autres choix que de quitter leur pays d'origine et le photographe, Raymond Dakoua est aller  explorer les réalités qu'ils ont laissés derrière.
Le résultat est un voyage en territoire inconnu..."




8.22.2017

Christopher Street Magazine

















































































































































































































"Christopher Street magazine was founded in New York City in 1976 by Charles Ortleb and Michael Denneny, and operated under the editorial direction of Thomas Steele. A monthly New Yorker-style gay literary magazine, it featured works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, news, book reviews, illustrations and photography: its content focused on serious discussions of issues deemed important within the gay community, along with witty satire aimed at anti-gay criticism. The magazine was considered one of the only publications where emerging gay authors could speak with an authentically ‘gay’ voice. Over the course of its more than 19 years in print, the magazine helped provide a spotlight for notable and upcoming queer literati, including Christopher Bram, Scott Heim and Edmund White. A total of 231 issues of Christopher Street were released before the magazine was forced to shutter its doors in December 1995.
Christopher Street magazine is yet another fascinating piece of West Village history: an excellent example of the continuing evolution of the Stonewall message post riots. It’s definitely worth a second glance for those interested in learning more about queer history."