My research continued whilst on a recent trip to
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A plaque revealing the meaning of the memorial is placed on the promenade in front of the monolith that sits at the end of a gravel path. The viewer then must make a detour to the monolith to view the video described in the text. Peering into the blackness of the interior, momentary disorientation follows as eyes adjust to the moving image.
I felt both disorientated and physically vulnerable as I peered into the darkness and was reminded of the cultural shame experienced as my own emergent sexuality came to the fore in my young adulthood. This public/private experience felt akin to being caught admiring a handsome man, reminiscent of the first burgeoning signs of the experience of my own sexuality, both terrifying and exhilarating. This very personal interpretation may reveal more about my own personal perspective rather than the artist’s intentions though the complex reaction evokes some of the terror of those early victims of cultural homophobia.
The horror of contemporary cultural homophobia is something I recently explored in ‘Hanged’ part of the Reykjavik Arts Festival in which I depicted the public hanging of Mahmoud Asqari and Ayad Marhouni in
As my exploration of the depiction of gayness in public locations continues I will endeavour to reveal more here on my thought processes both for the interested few and to benefit my own research processes.