Artists To Marry (Another) 24 Times In Support Of Equality

Fleur Pierets and Julian P. Boom

European artists Fleur Pierets and Julian P. Boom were married in Belgium in 2012.

But there’s plenty more confetti to come as the couple set out on a project to “marry” in each of the 24 countries worldwide where same-sex marriage is legal.

They will take photos and shoot video for an art installation to be exhibited at the conclusion of the project, currently due to end in October 2018.

We can only hope that Australia will be added to their itinerary sometime between now and then.

“Every work is a self-portrait of what and how we feel at that specific moment in time. We’re always trying to visualise the questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis,” Pierets, a Belgian native, told HuffPost.

The idea for “22”, she added, came about because the pair found “that not many people are aware of the fact that there are so few countries where same-sex marriage is legalised”.

“We figured that marriage and love ― something that everyone can relate to ― is a perfect starting point to raise awareness.”

As the project’s title suggests, Pierets and Boom began planning their creative excursion when only 22 nations recognised same-sex marriages. Since then, Malta and Germany have joined the list.

Their first wedding will take place at Manhattan’s City Hall in September. From there, they will be spending two weeks in each of the other countries, starting with the Netherlands in October and ending in New Zealand in October 2018.

“Our work is trying to capture current times and how the world functions on the level of gay and gender equality ― how it is changing and evolving,” Boom, who originally hails from the Netherlands, said.

“It’s enriching and necessary to show these perspectives in a positive and beautiful manner because I believe this is the only way by which you can make change.”


Nerelle Harper

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