Early Greek Art
The Ancient Greeks produced one of the earliest well-developed examples of gay art. Unlike in other ancient cultures, the Greeks considered free adult male sexual attraction to be both normal and natural. The Ancient Greeks even sanctioned relationships between teenage boys and older men as a rite of passage for males just entering puberty. These homoerotic relationships were the subject of elaborate Greek poetry and art. Vivid images were often painted on black figure vases, hundreds of which survive today. Some of these distinctive vases show an older man giving gifts to a boy, while others show more overtly sexual acts. While the Ancient Greeks understood sexuality in radically different ways than we do today, their art serves as a reminder of a time when same-sex attraction was accepted and even celebrated.
Born in New Jersey in 1954, David Wojnarowicz endured an extremely abusive family life, struggled with being a gay youth and subsequently dropped out of high school by the age of 16. To survive, he hustled, lived on the streets of NYC, prostituted, and hitchhiked across the country. In 1978, he settled in NYC’s east village and began his career, as a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and activist. His career ran concurrent with the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. His art reflected that grief, anger, frustration and fear by drawing attention to American religious fundamentalism, conservatism, fear of the body, homophobia, economic imperialism, all while raising up the voices of marginalized and stigmatized individuals. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 37.
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“Humanity loves visual art. Every culture on Earth has used the visual to share its stories and history. The mental and emotional connections we make through images and color is, I believe, a gift from God for connecting our imaginations with a story. What is also interesting is that the interpretation is uniquely subjective to the viewer and their experiences, opinions, and character. Connecting with a story through visual art is a very personal experience. ” (by Iran)
In East Africa, many underestimate the power of images and the impact they can create, yet with art we are able to bring out the message that can be understood by everyone i.e. rational appeal with emotional appeal, command attention, care to the heart and head. East Africa Visual Artists, an idea that we came up with in March, 2012, aims at using images to improve the lives of the LGBTI in quite a number of ways such as; advocating for health, LGBTI rights, fighting homophobia and entrepreneurship among others.
East Africa Visual Artists is non-government organization (NGO) whose main tool is art we use art as an advocacy tool to reach out to a wider audience. Due to the high levels of illiteracy and the homophobic society we live in East Africa, with Art, we are able to reach a wider population with a target audience of institutions, parliamentarians, councilors, community leaders and individuals.