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I was photographed outside the annual Terrence Higgins Trust auction at Christies in London where " IAM NOT AN ABOMINATION" AND " OUR INJURIES" Were on exhibition for this hugely worthy chairity. The kind people at Getty Images have purchased the rights to this image and you can now purchase it for as little as £495! Please see the link for purchases or click HERE
Paul chisholm’s “ Our Injuries are invisible” and “ I am not an abomination : is to go on auction at Christies on April the 16th in Aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust in support of people with HIV. The event is one of London’s most successful charity auctions and a night like no other. A champagne reception is followed by an evening of frantic bidding for world-renowned artwork, luxury travel lots and exciting celebrity experiences.
In “ Our injuries are invisible “ Paul Chisholm comments on the internal struggles with mental health many people living with HIV endure. Often the focus is on the physical effects of the virus and mental health can be brushed under the carpet.
Chisholm explains: ‘A visible injury is clear for all to see, however sometimes our injuries are invisible to the world. The state of our mental wellbeing is not as obvious to some as a broken leg or a physical wound. ‘Without treatment HIV slowly disables the immune system and when living with the virus today, mental wellbeing is as important as the daily drugs regime. This allows us to live a fulfilling life in a world with seven days, seven continents, seven deadly sins and seven colours of the rainbow.’
In i am not an Abomination he explores religious persecution, particularly in relation to sexuality.
Chisholm explains: ‘Leviticus 20:13 tells us “a man who sleeps with another man is an abomination and should be executed”.
‘The deliberate misinterpretation of language - using the Bible to justify actions and causes is a recurrent event. From the Crusades to the Holocaust to slavery, these ancient words have been harnessed for hate and oppression. The words in Leviticus are being misquoted and used to oppress, silence and kill in the name of “God”.
‘In the original version of the Bible the word “Tavoha” - which literally means “taboo” has been translated to mean something entirely different. ‘The Bible also says its an abomination to eat shellfish, so here’s to a prawn cocktail or oysters and Champagne.’
Last year the online and live auctions combined raised a staggering £401,258. Over its history the event has raised over £3 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.
‘That’s one of the things that “queer” can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning…’ – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Queer Art(ists) Now
Presented by And What? Queer Arts Festival and Pilot Press
This eclectic new exhibition located in the large, spacious vault of the old Hackney archives in Haggerston features over 50 artists, performers and makers and offers an insight into the breadth and politics of queer art practice today.
Together with a series of events, the exhibition offers a focused view of the practices that have formed and continue to shape contemporary queer art, including works by Linder, Prem Sahib, Rottingdean Bazaar, Holly Johnson, Princess Julia, Keith Vaughan, Jeffrey Hinton, John Booth, Urara Tsuchiya, David Hoyle, Paul Chisholm and graduates of the Goldsmiths MFA.
Over 40 artists out of over 200 applications were selected by our panel, Andrew Ellerby (And What? Director), Olivia Laing (Writer: The Lonely City, Frieze magazine), Evan Ifekoya (Artist) and Richard Dodwell (Pilot Press) to be included in a salon-style exhibition that will take place at Archive Gallery, part of the Mill Co. Project space in Haggerston, London, between Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th October.
Private View: Thursday 12 October, 6 - 9 PM
inc. drinks, canapés and performances
List of events:
Friday 13 October
Queer Life Drawing class, 7 - 9 pm
Saturday 14 October
Perfomance dinner (details to be announced)
with Urara Tsuchiya and Richard Dodwell
The exhibition is run as a not-for-profit with prices of the work determined by the artist, with any profit from sales being returned directly to them.
In addition to the above, Queer Art(ists) Now will be raising money for survivors and local residents of Grenfell Tower, in support of future activism and a planned one-year on memorial project organised by local activist groups. Anyone involved in the exhibition has the option to donate their work to the cause and many of our invited artists have already very kindly agreed to do so.
This exhibition is for them, for us, and our collective struggle for a world without arms manufacturers, poverty, destruction and those who would wish to deny us our humanity and freedom.
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