In July 2009, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) celebrated its 25th anniversary with an international LGBTQ activist conference in Amsterdam, bringing together more than 80 activists from all regions of the world. The exhibition “Faces of IGLYO” consists of portraits some of
these activists. It reflects the manifold backgrounds, experiences and people within the international LGBTQ community.
Activists dedicate an enormous amount of their time, of their capacities and
their energy to change the current circumstances and situations.
Very often, their personal efforts and sacrifices go unnoticed in the struggle
for LGBTQ rights. This exhibition is also meant to act as a space for
acknowledgement and recognition of the tremendously important contribution
of each of these individual activists towards achieving equality for all LGBTQ
people in all regions of the world.
On the occasion of IGLYO’s 25th birthday, Alex Müller has created portraits of 15 activists from all over the world. She is a self-taught photographer from Germany and considers photography a powerful tool of social activism. Her work mainly focuses on
local and international activism around LGBT rights and health.
From the jubilee conference in Amsterdam, the exhibition traveled on to World Outgames 2009 in Copenhagen, where it was exhibited on occasion of the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights at the IT University. It has since started its journey through Scandinavia and is traveling on.
The struggles we face are unique in each country. However, what we share
are our convictions, our knowledge and our passion.