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The brand new LGBTQ+ space Queercircle opened in June 2022 in North Greenwich, with two major new exhibitions.
In the Main Gallery is a new site-specific work by the London-based painter Michaela Yearwood-Dan, titled ‘Let Me Hold You’. The exhibition marks an evolution of the artist’s canvas-based exhibition practice, and includes a freestanding curved mural installation, creating a sanctuary for visitors to reflect in a safe environment, alongside a series of ceramic sculptural works. Yearwood-Dan’s signature botanical-inspired motifs allow for a visual exploration of the interconnectedness of the human and non-human experience, while also expanding our understanding of what it means to be queer and to love.
Yearwood-Dan’s work reflects on themes of race, culture, social and personal identity, and love but defies binary notions of racial or gendered identity and history. Resisting strictures of representation, Yearwood-Dan presents her true self – her desires, her needs, her pain and her love – and empowers us as the viewers to do so too.
In the new reading room space is a small archive exhibition, ‘The Queens’ Jubilee’, celebrating the radical drag queens of the Gay Liberation Front, who marched through central London in 1972 for the first ever Pride in the UK. The radical queens involved in the movement defied gender norms and utilised street theatre to tackle inequalities. Queercircle is collaborating with key Gay Liberation Front figures, led by Stuart Feather, on this exhibition exploring gender, drag, social action and LGBTQ+ politics. On display are documentary photography, diary entries and news cuttings, demonstrating the evolution of drag as a way of life.
‘Let Me Hold You’ and ‘The Queens’ Jubilee’ run until 8 September 2022 at Queercircle.
Main photo of Michaela Yearwood-Dan by Kristy NobelWebsite & Booking
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