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.
Faces of IGLYO can come to you
Faces of IGLYO is conceptualized as a traveling exhibition – IGLYO hopes that it will be shown in many countries – at local events, at high schools, at universities….. It can be shown on its own, or organized together with a panel discussion/ a talk/ an awareness event for international LGBT rights and activism.
IGLYO provides the exhibition free of charge. Your organization will only need to cover the cost for mailing the exhibition from IGLYO’s office in Brussels and back. Alex Müller is coordinating the travel dates and logistics. If your organization would like to host “Faces of IGLYO”, please contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faces of IGLYO in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
IHLIA (International Homo/Lesbian Informationcenter and Archives) facilitated the Faces of IGLYO in April/May 2010. Alex Müller, photographer of the Faces of IGLYO and co-chair, was invited to give a speech. Video filmed by MVS Gaystation.
Faces of IGLYO in Cape Town, South Africa
Member of the South African Parliament, Ian Ollis, spoke at the opening of Faces of IGLYO exhibition at the University of Cape Town, March 2010.
Faces of IGLYO in media
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