Dear Queensland, QAGOMA is looking for your local LGBTQIA+ stories

Dear Queensland QAGOMA Shannon Novak

Do you have a story to tell? QAGOMA wants to hear from you as part of the Dear Queensland project, led by Shannon Novak.

The Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art has launched a new project to tell the stories of queer Queenslanders.

And they want to hear from you.

Dear Queensland

QAGOMA and artist Shannon Novak are leading the Dear Queensland Program.

In conjunction with The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Dear Queensland will effectively seek to archive our GLBTQIA+ stories.

The project aims to gather, document and archive some of the important stories of LGBTQIA+ people in Queensland.

Dear Queensland is a passionate part of the work of Shannon Novak.

Of the project, they said, “currently there is very little to no local LGBTQI+ history being recorded in our public museums and libraries, and that needs to change.”

And now you are being invited to help make this change.

How can we do this?

Our communities are being asked, “to pen a virtual letter to Queenslanders, reflecting on their challenges and triumphs.”

Queer Queenslanders can head to the Dear Queensland website and submit their stories.

“The submissions will form part of an important archive centering and amplifying voices from LGBTQI+ communities.”

Submissions can take the form of written responses, but can also be submitted as visual stories.

Participants can submit photos, drawings or paintings as part of their submissions.

Once submitted the stories will live in three places.

An interactive online gallery will display the works as well as being stored in the Dear Queensland archive.

Other works may also be displayed at QAGOMA as well.

The submission date has recently been extended until the 16th of May 2022.

Shannon Novak: Make Visible

Shannon Novak is the artist behind this project who currently has their Make Visible project on display at the Gallery of Modern Art.

Novak has a particular focus on their work with the LGBTQIA+ community and their latest work is visually stunning and moving.

“The work explores experiences of light and dark in the past, present, and future, but ultimately seeks to grow hope for a better world where the LGBTQI+1 community can live without fear”

“Working with the community to identify key challenges and triumphs they face, Make Visible is a project aimed at illuminating these to the world with a view to growing awareness and support.”

81 Percent (Australia): Someone you know is part of their ‘Make Visible: Queensland’ project.

The work “reflects Novak’s ongoing investigation into the wellbeing of Brisbane locals who identify as LGBTQI+.”

It sees the Gallery of Modern Art’s (GOMA) River Room transformed into a beautiful rainbow room as coloured panes of glass across 80 window panes reflect the changing light of the day.

You can view the work in the video below.

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