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Foto Fest Exhibit Showcases Gay Communities Around The World

A new exhibition themed around LGBTQ communities comes to Houston on a timely note.

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya Self Portrait (Studio Practice), 2011 Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa

Standing over a waist-high rectangular table, Paul Mbagi Sepuya is going through what looks like hundreds of photographs he’s taken of people. He’s in the middle of installing his work for Foto Fest’s exhibition, I Am a Camera. It includes nine international artists and focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (or LGBTQ) communities across the world.

Sepuya’s collection is titled, Studio Work.

“So, Studio Work is a project that came out of a residency I did at the Studio Museum in Harlem,” Sepyua says. “And I guess the bounds of the project were just the residency itself.”

Another artist’s exhibit features photographs chronicling the daily life and drama of a lesbian commune in Moscow. There’s another that documents the culture and experiences of gay men in New Delhi.

With the recent milestone of legalizing same-sex marriage, Foto Fest’s Steven Evans says the opening is well-timed.

“We feel, this again has just happened to be very timely. The exhibition’s been in the works for about 18 months, but the timing couldn’t be better with the recent decision from the Supreme Court,” he says.

Foto Fest’s I Am a Camera opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Silver Street Studios and runs through August 29th

FotoFest Sepuya AndrePaul Mpagi Sepuya Andre, November 16, 2010 Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa

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